The cost of cerebral palsy in Australia in 2018


The cost of cerebral palsy in Australia in 2018

Deloitte Access Economics prepared this report for Cerebral Palsy Australia, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of disorders of movement and posture, that arise from injury or mal-development of the brain in a baby or infant. The condition can impact mobility, sensation, cognition, communication, vision, and behaviours or health events (such as seizures). There is no cure – it is a lifelong condition.

This report highlights the significant economic impact of the condition to Australia. It also demonstrates that a stronger focus on reducing the severity of this condition, or reducing its prevalence, would make a material difference for our economy and in the day-to-day lives of people with cerebral palsy and their families.

  • Over 35,000 Australians were living with cerebral palsy in 2018, with a total cost to the economy of $5.2 billion, or over $145,000 per person with the condition.
  • Of total costs, wellbeing losses were valued at $2.15 billion (41%), productivity losses were $1.29 billion (25%) including informal care, disability support services were $1.12 billion (22%) and efficiency losses at $0.55 billion (11%).
  • Health system costs comprised only 1% of total costs ($62 million).
  • Future projections were also estimated in the analysis.

Published: March 2020

The cost of cerebral palsy in Australia in 2018
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