In 2003 asthma was the leading cause of burden of disease in Australian children, contributing 17.4% of total DALYs and the eleventh-leading contributor to the overall burden of disease in Australia, accounting for 2.4% of the total number of DALYs. Asthma also contributed a substantial proportion to the Indigenous health gap in the burden of non-communicable conditions. It is predicted that asthma will continue to rank as one of the major causes of disease burden in Australia for the next 2 decades, particularly among females.
ISSN 1448-7594; ISBN 978 1 74024 943 0; Cat. no. ACM 16; 36pp.; Internet only
Publication table of contents
- Preliminary material
- Title and verso pages
- How is burden of disease measured?
- What is the burden of asthma in Australia?
- How can we use this information?
- Body section
- Methods and data sources
- 2.1 Quantifying the total burden of disease: disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)
- 2.2 Non-fatal burden: years lived with disability (YLD)
- 2.2.1 Disability weights
- 2.2.2 Prevalent years lived with disability (PYLD)
- 2.3 Fatal burden: years of life lost due to premature death (YLL)
- 2.4 Estimates of the burden of disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
- 3.1 Leading causes of disease burden in Australia
- 3.2 Disease burden due to asthma in Australia
- 3.2.1 Comparison of the burden of asthma with other conditions
- 3.2.2 Age and sex distribution of the burden of asthma
- 3.3 The burden of asthma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
- 3.3.1 Disparities in health between Indigenous Australians and the total Australian population-the Indigenous health gap
- 3.3.2 Leading causes of disease burden in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
- 3.3.3 Comparison of the burden of asthma with other conditions
- 3.3.4 Age and sex distribution of the burden of asthma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
- 3.4 Projections of the future burden of asthma
- 4.1 Burden of asthma worldwide and in Australia
- 4.2 Evaluation of the estimates
- 4.2.1 Estimation of incident YLD
- 4.2.2 Counting cases of asthma
- 4.2.3 Indigenous data
- 4.2.4 Diagnostic labelling
- 4.2.5 Disability weights
- 4.2.6 Co-morbid conditions
- 4.2.7 What is not measured in burden of disease
- 4.3 Conclusions
- End matter
- List of figures
- List of tables
AIHW 2009. Burden of disease due to asthma in Australia 2003. Cat. no. ACM 16. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 May 2013 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468278>.