Target 85: Chronic diseases
Disaggregated by Gender
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare defines chronic diseases as diseases that are complex and varied in terms of their nature, how they are caused and the extent of their impact on the community. While some chronic diseases make large contributions to premature death, others contribute more to disability. Some may last indefinitely, whereas others may resolve over time. Features common to most chronic diseases include:
- complex causality, with multiple factors leading to their onset
- a long development period, some of which may have no symptoms
- a prolonged course of illness, perhaps leading to other health complications and
- associated functional impairment or disability.