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Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the Australian Burden of Disease Study. The study compares the impact of different  diseases,  conditions or injuries in Australia.

Some of the key results related to injury were:

  • Injury is the fifth most burdensome group of disease accounting for 8.8% of all DALY.
  • Injuries were responsible for a higher proportion of the burden in males (12%), compared with females (5.3%).
  • Most injury burden (79%) was due to early death (fatal burden), with only 21% due to non-fatal health loss.
  • Alcohol was a cause of injury burden in 33% of road traffic injuries involving motorcyclists, 31% of other land transport injuries and 28% of motor vehicle occupants injuries.
  • The greatest impact of injury on burden was between ages 15 and 44.

Click here to view the full report.