The World Health Organization's global burden of disease study, initiated in 1992, aimed to address the limitations of more conventional measures of disease burden. Several countries, including Australia, adopted the methodology of the study. At the core of the methodology is a health gap measure called the 'disability adjusted life year' (DALY). The DALY measure incorporates the burden of premature death as well as premature disability and is used additively, making it useful for aggregating the disease burden in many different ways.
This report discusses the feasibility of conducting such a burden of disease study for NSW using DALYs.