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Burden of disease

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.

Studies are undertaken by different groups at an international, national and state level and Queensland Health releases Queensland updates where appropriate.

The biennial Queensland Chief Health Officer Reports include the most up to date information on burden of disease and injury for the Queensland population.

Contact the preventive health epidemiology team for more information.

Queensland studies

The Burden of disease and injury, summary results for Queensland report provides a snapshot of the latest Queensland data drawn primarily from the Australian Burden of Disease Study (ABDS) supplied by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Interactive data visualisations of the ABDS results for Queensland are available online:

Indigenous burden of disease

The burden of disease and injury in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2017 (reference year 2011) report series is the second Queensland study of the burden of disease and injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Due to availability of life table data, which underpins the burden of disease estimates, this report describes the burden of disease and injury in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2011.

Australian studies

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) completed the third Australian Burden of Disease Study (ABDS 2011) in 2016, and is currently undertaking the fourth Australian study (ABDS 2015) for which results are expected to be released in early 2019.

Read about the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 (ABDS 2011), or view their previous studies

Global studies

The Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) is now based at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, USA. Find current reports and data visualisations.

Burden of disease: a snapshot in 2013—provides a snapshot of burden of disease for Australia and the world from the global study and includes a brief summary of the Queensland burden from the 2007 Queensland assessment.

Professor Alan Lopez presentation: March 2017

The Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) — measuring health and information policy. Jointly hosted by Preventive Health Branch and Queensland Epidemiology Group.

The presentation is available as a video from the Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Last updated: 27 November 2017