The burden of disease and injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – Policy Brief

The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a well-established national priority, and yet this study is the first comprehensive assessment of how the burden of disease and injury affects Indigenous Australians. The significance of this burden of disease study is that it quantifies the contribution of over 170 specific diseases and 11 key health risk factors to Indigenous health outcomes, and highlights the main differences between Indigenous Australians and the total population. Its findings have profound implications for priority setting in health policy.