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AIHW New Release: Australian Burden of Disease Study

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A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found Australians are losing fewer years of healthy life to coronary heart disease, but it still remains the leading contributor to the nation’s collective ‘disease burden’.

The Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2018 measures the years of healthy life Australians lost due to 219 diseases and 40 risk factors. Years living with poor health (the non-fatal burden of disease) or dying prematurely (fatal burden) are estimated using disability-adjusted life years (DALY).

The latest burden of disease study includes some risk factors that haven’t been analysed previously, including low birthweight &short gestation and school-based bullying victimisation.

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