Burden of disease is a measure of the years of healthy life lost from living with, or dying from disease and injury. A portion of this burden is preventable, being due to modifiable risk factors. This report provides information on the deaths and burden of disease due to risk factors included in the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015.

New analyses of the key drivers of change over time in the burden of disease due to selected risk factors have recently been added to these data visualisations (August 2020).

There is also another interactive data set to explore: disease burden.

  • Cat. no: BOD 25
Findings from this report:
  • 38% of disease burden in Australia in 2015 is preventable and due to the modifiable risk factors included in this study

  • Tobacco use, overweight & obesity and dietary risks contributed the most to disease burden in 2015

  • 9.3% of the disease burden in 2015 was due to tobacco use and was the leading risk factor

  • 8.4% of the disease burden in 2015 was due to overweight & obesity