Living with Parkinson's Disease
Challenges and positive steps for the future
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological condition in Australia but remains one of the least understood in terms of its cause.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurological condition in Australia but remains one of the least understood in terms of its cause. There is a lack of awareness in the health and general community of the challenges and needs of those suffering from this complex and disabling condition, as well as community stigma and constraints in the delivery of health and social support services. As a result, Australia needs to develop a greater, more positive public awareness and understanding of PD among the general community.
This report, an update of the 2007 report commissioned by Parkinson's Australia, finds that Parkinson's Disease cost the Australian economy approximately $775 million in 2011-12, including approximately $480 million in health system costs and $110 million in lost productivity.