The burden of disease and injury in Australia

Mathers, Colin D., Vos, E. Theo, Stevenson, Christopher E. and Begg, Stephen J. 2001, The burden of disease and injury in Australia, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 79, no. 11, pp. 1076-1084.

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Title The burden of disease and injury in Australia
Author(s) Mathers, Colin D.
Vos, E. Theo
Stevenson, Christopher E.ORCID iD for Stevenson, Christopher E.
Begg, Stephen J.
Journal name Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume number 79
Issue number 11
Start page 1076
End page 1084
Total pages 9
Publisher World Health Organization
Place of publication Geneva, Switzerland
Publication date 2001-11
ISSN 0042-9686
Keyword(s) Australia
cardiovascular diseases/epidemiology
chronic disease/epidemiology
cost of illness
epidemiologic studies
life expectancy
mental disorders/epidemiology
risk factors
Summary An overview of the results of the Australian Burden of Disease (ABD) study is presented. The ABD study was the first to use methodology developed for the Global Burden of Disease study to measure the burden of disease and injury in a developed country. In 1996, mental disorders were the main causes of disability burden, responsible for nearly 30% of total years of life lost to disability (YLD), with depression accounting for 8% of the total YLD. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke were the main contributors to the disease burden disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), together causing nearly 18% of the total disease burden. Risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, obesity and inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption were responsible for much of the overall disease burden in Australia. The lessons learnt from the ABD study are discussed, together with methodological issues that require further attention.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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