DALYs and Public Health Programs for Stroke: Australian Perspectives

  • D. A. Cadilhac
  • M. L. Moodie
  • E. E. Lalor
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 Stroke is a major cause of death and disability in many countries. In Australia, as in many other parts of the world, the incidence of stroke will increase because of the aging population. The purpose of this chapter was to describe the disease burden attributable to stroke expressed as Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) in Australia; and to provide an overview of public health programs that exist to reduce this disease burden.

Methods of  DALY estimation for stroke in Australia are outlined and compared. Despite some differences in methodologies and data sources, results were consistent.

Public health programs to reduce the stroke burden include generic programs aimed at reducing common risk factors across a number of chronic diseases; and stroke specific programs to address unique aspects of stroke. Examples of these programs are provided.

A simulation analysis is presented to demonstrate the potential impact of public health programs. This analysis is based on the concept of improving access to interventions that we already know are effective in preventing stroke and/or improving stroke outcomes in a representative year (2015) using local epidemiological data. DALYs saved were calculated for the additional cases that would benefit if  current practice were improved to more closely reflect “ best-practice.” Interventions included: blood pressure lowering;  warfarin for atrial fibrillation; access to  stroke care units; increased use of  intravenous thrombolysis, cholesterol lowering and aspirin for ischemic events; and  carotid endarterectomy. In present-value (2006) terms, this would result potentially in the recovery of more than 92,000 DALYs. Thus, improving access to effective prevention and treatment interventions should produce important health gains.


Stroke Survivor Public Health Program Stroke Incidence Disability Weight Stroke Care Unit 
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List of Abbreviations:


Australian Better Health Initiative


atrial fibrillation


 absolute risk reduction


Avoid Stroke as soon As Possible general practice stroke audit


Australian dollars


burden of disease


blood pressure


coronary heart disease


chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


disability adjusted life year


general practitioner


International Classification of Diseases


ischemic heart disease


monitoring trends and determinants in cardiovascular disease


Model Of Resource Utilization, Costs and Outcomes for Stroke


North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence study


National Health and Medical Research Council


National Stroke Foundation (Australia)


Perth Community Stroke study


quality adjusted life year


quality of life


stroke care unit

Southern MR

southern metropolitan region


Stroke Prevention by Aggressive Reduction in Cholesterol Levels


transient ischemic attack


World Health Organization


years lived with disability


years of life lost


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  • D. A. Cadilhac
  • M. L. Moodie
  • E. E. Lalor

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