Impact

Burden of disease

Burden of disease analysis assesses the health impact on a population of different diseases, conditions, injuries and risk factors. The Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015 (AIHW 2019a) used information from a range of sources to quantify the fatal and non-fatal effects of these diseases.

Cardiovascular disease accounted for almost 14% of the total burden of disease in 2015, having decreased from 15% in 2011 and 18% in 2003.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) was the leading individual disease in both males and females, accounting for 7% of the total burden in 2015 (8.6% for males and 5.0% for females).

Stroke was ranked 9th in the leading disease of total burden, accounting for 2.7% of total burden in 2015.

Expenditure

In 2015–16, an estimated 8.9% ($10.4 billion) of total disease expenditure in the Australian health system was attributed to cardiovascular diseases (AIHW 2019b). Further information is available from the Disease expenditure in Australia report.

References:

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2019a. Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015. Australian Burden of Disease series no. 19. Cat. no. BOD 22. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 June 2019, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/burden-of-disease/burden-disease-study-illness-death-2015/contents/table-of-contents.

AIHW 2019b. Disease expenditure in Australia. HWE 76. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 13 June 2019, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/health-welfare-expenditure/disease-expenditure-australia/contents/summary.