Review of Cardiovascular Disease Programs

5.6 Economic impacts of ill health

Economic impacts of ill health - The current environment - Review of Cardiovascular Disease Programs

Page last updated: 03 May 2012

The economic impacts of ill health in Australia go beyond the direct costs to health services. An unhealthy population reduces workforce participation and productivity, and negatively affects living standards within the community. An economic analysis of public health programs in Australia over 30 years from 1970 90, found significant economic net benefits in reduced tobacco-related diseases, coronary heart disease, HIV/AIDS, road accident trauma and vaccine preventable diseases. Figure 3 provides details of the age adjusted Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) rates for a selected number of conditions across Australia.

Figure 3: Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) rates for selected conditions
This image shows age-standardised Disability Adjusted Life Years rates by state/territory jurisdiction, broad cause and sex. It shows that rates are significantly higher in the NT than any other jurisdiction.

Source: The Burden of Disease and Injury in Australia 2003. AIHW; May 2007

Combined data from graphs shown above

Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) by state/territory jurisdiction for selected conditions
Rate per 1000
Cancer Cardiovascular Chronic respiratory Diabetes Injuries Mental Neurological Other Total
State or Territory NT 28.9 38.3 16.2 4.1 20.2 18.5 15.2 57.3 198.6
Tas 28.4 26.9 11.1 8.3 10.7 20.2 16.0 26.7 148.3
SA 26.6 25.9 11.3 8.2 9.7 18.7 17.7 26.2 144.3
Qld 24.6 24.3 9.3 6.8 10.1 17.8 15.7 23.8 132.4
NSW 25.1 24.8 9.3 6.3 8.9 18.1 15.5 24.4 132.4
Vic 25.6 22.4 9.2 8.3 8.7 17.1 15.2 24.6 131.1
WA 24.1 20.9 8.8 7.2 9.8 16.5 16.3 23.3 127.1
ACT 21.8 18.6 7.6 4.1 6.7 13.4 12.2 20.2 104.6


90 Department of Health and Ageing 2003