Burden of disease is a measure of population health that aims to quantify the gap between the ideal of living to old age in good health, and the current situation where healthy life is shortened by illness, injury, disability and premature death. It is an important summary measure for health policy and planning because it quantifies the total impact of health conditions on the individual at the population level in a comparable and consistent way.
Regular updates on burden of disease and injury are undertaken by Queensland Health using methods described in the 2003 Australian study, and related documents as they are developed. Queensland updates are released in a number of publications, as listed below. For more information contact PEU reports or HSC health stats.
The biennial Queensland Chief Health Officer Reports include the most up to date information on burden of disease and injury for the Queensland population.