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released: 10 May 2016 author: AIHW media release

This report analyses the impact of nearly 200 diseases and injuries in terms of living with illness (non-fatal burden) and premature death (fatal burden). The study found that chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, mental and substance use disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions, along with injury contributed the most burden in Australia in 2011. Almost one third of the overall disease burden could be prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, high body mass, alcohol use, physical inactivity and high blood pressure.

ISSN 2204-4108; ISBN 978-1-74249-909-3; Cat. no. BOD 4; 287pp.; $94

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title & verso title pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Synthesis and discussion of key results
    • 3 Total burden of disease
    • 4 Non-fatal burden of disease
    • 5 Fatal burden of disease
    • 6 Contribution of risk factors to burden
    • 7 Change between 2003 and 2011
    • 8 Variation across geographic and population groups
    • 9 Overview of results by disease group
    • 10 Overview of results by risk factor
    • 11 Developments, limitations and international comparisons
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Methods summary
      • Appendix B: How reliable are the estimates?
      • Appendix C: Understanding and using burden of disease estimates
      • Appendix D: Additional tables and figures
      • Appendix E: List of contributors
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (5 Aug 2016) Supplementary data tables added (Additional material tab).
  2. (7 Mar 2017) Detailed disease burden tables added. ABDS Inputs Table S1 updated [previous version]. (Additional material tab).

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 3. Cat. no. BOD 4. Canberra: AIHW.

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