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On Thursday, May 2, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the University of Queensland Australia, and the University of Melbourne School of Population Health will host a two-day national health symposium in Melbourne focused on the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010). IHME Director Christopher Murray and Affiliate Professor of Global Health Alan Lopez will contribute to the presentation of GBD 2010 findings specific to Australia. The study’s policy implications will also be discussed and debated in a series of sessions, followed by training on the methods, assumptions, and innovations of GBD 2010.

Friday’s session is titled “Comparative Health Performance in the Asia-Pacific Region: Findings and Implications of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.” The discussion will focus on the Asia-Pacific region and major causes of disease burden there, such as premature deaths, chronic disability, and common risk factors. Priorities and strategies to improve these areas of health will be highlighted.