Globally, non-communicable disease (NCD) accounts for 65.5 per cent of all deaths, and 54 per cent of disability adjusted life years (DALYs). While NCD has sometimes been assumed to impact only wealthy countries, globally it is a major health and development challenge. Around 80 per cent of NCD-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- 15 – 16 June 2017
- 19 – 21 June 2017
The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Nations with the highest NCD burden include some of Australia's closest neighbours, particularly island states in the Pacific where more than 70 per cent of mortality is now due to NCD resulting in falls in life expectancy in some countries. The growing NCD burden is of critical importance to global health and development because it impacts economic growth and levels of poverty, leads to premature death, and has major social and fiscal implications for governments and communities.
Participants of this subject will gain practical understanding of the epidemiology, determinants, consequences and global health responses to the NCD epidemic. The subject will promote participants' exploration of the nexuses between NCD and disability, NCD and infectious diseases, and NCD and the broader public health and international development agenda.
The subject will contribute to enabling a new generation of public health professionals to address non-communicable disease through policy and programmatic responses in Australia and globally.