This report analyses the impact of more than 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, and musculoskeletal conditions contributed the most burden in Australia in 2015
- 38% of the burden could have been prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, overweight and obesity, and dietary risks.
Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015—Summary is a companion to this report. There are also two interactive data sets to explore: disease burden and risk factor burden.