Statistics and Indicators

Total burden of disease - Disability adjusted life years (DALY) by disease group

  • Burden of disease analysis is a technique that is used as a measure of population health.  It is used to compare the impact of different diseases, conditions, injuries and risk factors on a population. This impact is a combination of the fatal (years of life lost due to premature death, YLL) and non-fatal (years lived in ill health or with disability, YLD) burden, they are then combined into a summary measure of health called Disability-Adjusted Life Years, or DALY. A DALY combines the impact of dying early and living with illness.  
  • In 2011 the disease groups with the highest age standardised Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) rates for the ACT were cancer (28.7 per 1,000 population), mental disorders (25.3 per 1,000 population), musculoskeletal conditions (23.4 per 1,000) and cardiovascular disease (22.1 per 1,000 population).

To access the data please click on the "View source data" link at the bottom of the visualisation. This link will open up a data table that you can download.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016. Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 3. BOD 4. Canberra: AIHW.