Global Burden of Disease

- Using Danish registers to catalyse innovation in health metrics


The Niels Bohr Professorship links skills and resources within the NCRR with the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) for mental disorders and substance use. This cooperation will leverage the remarkable Danish health registers in order to undertake a comprehensive mapping of the burden of mental disorders in Denmark.



Professor Harvey Whiteford is Director of the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and at NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in mental health policy and planning. He has a distinguished career in health administration, mental health policy, psychiatric epidemiology and burden of disease estimates. He has an international reputation for his leadership in mental health policy analysis and the structural reform of mental health services. In 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition for his contribution to national and international mental health service development. He was previously an advisor to the World Bank, and now leads the international Global Burden of Disease-team for mental disorders and substance use.