The answer is 2.4 million years of life were lost from all diseases in 2015. This is known as the ‘fatal burden’.
- Cancer, cardiovascular diseases and injuries were the leading causes of fatal burden in 2015 as well as 2003 and 2011.
- Northern Territory had the highest age-standardised YLL rate for all diseases in 2015.
- Very Remote areas experienced fatal burden 1.9 times higher than Major cities in 2015.
- Fatal burden was 55% higher in the lowest socioeconomic group compared with the highest group in 2015.
- The rate of fatal burden from all diseases decreased by 19.6% between 2003 and 2015.
- The leading causes of fatal burden under 45 years was suicide, poisoning and road traffic injuries- motor vehicle occupants.
- The leading causes of fatal burden over 65 years was coronary heart disease, dementia and lung cancer.
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