Chronic diseases are long lasting conditions with persistent effects. Their social and economic consequences can impact on peoples’ quality of life. Chronic diseases are becoming increasingly common and are a priority for action in the health sector. AIHW commonly reports on 8 major groups: arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and mental health conditions.
More reports and statistics on chronic disease can be found under Burden of disease, Biomedical risk factors and Life expectancy & deaths.
of potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14 were due to the 8 chronic diseases
Australians (50%) reported having at least 1 of 8 chronic diseases in 2014–15
(73%) deaths in 2013 were due to the 8 chronic diseases
(30%) problems managed in general practice in 2014–15 were associated with the 8 chronic diseases
of people aged 65 and over had at least 1 of 8 chronic diseases in 2014–15 compared with 35% of people aged 0–44
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