• Burden of disease analysis is a technique that is used as a measure of population health.  It is used to compare the impact of different diseases, conditions, injuries and risk factors on a population. This impact is a combination of the fatal (years of life lost due to premature death, YLL) and non-fatal (years lived in ill health or with disability, YLD) burden, they are then combined into a summary measure of health called disability-adjusted life years, or DALY. A DALY combines the impact of dying early and living with illness.  
  • In 2011 the leading causes of total burden in the ACT were coronary heart disease (5.8%), other musculoskeletal conditions (5.1%) and anxiety disorders (5.1%).

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Codes & Sources

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016. Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 3. BOD 4. Canberra: AIHW.