Key messages

  • Burden of disease estimates are provided for the most important diseases and injuries in Victoria.
  • Comprehensive information on the health problems of communities and the underlying risk factors contributing to the burden of the disease is available.

Burden of disease (BoD) measures the gap between current health status and an ideal situation in which everyone lives into old age free of disease and disability. As such, it indicates the ‘unfinished’ health agenda, identifying areas in which additional health gains can be made.

BoD estimates are available for Victoria, its local government areas and regions. Access is provided to estimates for broad disease groups and/or specific diseases, on underlying risk factors, categorised by sex and for up to nine age groups.

Where relevant, text descriptions that give meaning and assist in the interpretation of this data is also provided.

Burden of disease - VHISS interactive data

The Burden of disease interactive website displays public health indicators. You can select from a range of options. It provides estimates for broad disease groups and 50 specific diseases. BoD estimates can be generated for Victoria, regions and local government areas.

Burden of disease - Victoria

The Burden of Disease Study 2001 quantifies the contribution to the ‘burden of disease’ of mortality, disability, impairment, illness and injury from over 175 diseases, injuries and risk factors in a single indicator: the disability-adjusted life year (DALY).

Burden of disease - local government areas and regions

Comprehensive information is available at a local government level on the health problems of communities and the underlying risk factors contributing to the burden of the disease. Access is provided to BoD estimates for areas, diseases and age groups of your choice.