Comparisons over time

Changes in burden over time from specific diseases or injuries may be due to changes in population size, population ageing, changes in disease prevalence, epidemics or changes to how causes are reported or coded in health data.

For fatal burden (YLL) estimates, notable changes in cause of death coding practices over time for dementia and accidental poisoning. For non-fatal burden (YLD) estimates, morbidity data was drawn from a wide variety of sources, with varying availability and data quality over time. Therefore comparisons over time needs to be interpreted with caution. Refer to the Quality information on YLD estimates and Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Use the interactive graphs to explore differences in age-standardised and age-specific rates of burden (DALY, YLD or YLL) in Australia for 2003, 2011 and 2015. Estimates are displayed by sex and for disease groups or by specific disease or injury.