The Burden of Disease in Western Australia 2018

20 February 2023

The burden of disease analysis is a way of measuring the impact of diseases and injuries on a population using the summary metric of disability-adjusted life years (DALY). This allows the impact of premature deaths and living with health impacts from disease or injury to be compared and reported in a consistent manner. In more recent years the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has mapped healthcare spending to diseases, providing valuable insight into the effects of chronic diseases and an ageing population on WA’s healthcare system.

Information on the burden of disease and injuries is important for monitoring population health, evaluating interventions, providing evidence to inform health policy and service planning, and helping to optimise resource allocation for improved health outcomes for Western Australian people. Here we provide findings from the 2018 burden of disease data.

Cost of disease and risk factors