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One in every 340 Australians lives with Parkinson’s Disease

One in 340 Australians is living with Parkinson’s Disease – and the condition is growing in prevalence –
32 people are diagnosed with the disease each day.

A report by Deloitte Access Economics (2015) shows that Australia’s second most common
neurological disease, Parkinson’s Disease, is growing in prevalence (by 27% over the last
nine years). The condition is more common than prostate, bowel and many other cancers; the estimated
burden of the disease for 2014-15 was valued at $8.9 billion and 18% of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s are of working age.

Parkinson’s cost the Australian economy approximately $10 billion in 2014, including:
– approximately $574 million in health system costs
– $182 million in lost productivity, which is mostly borne by the individual(s) with Parkinson’s.
– $78 million of informal care provided to people living with Parkinson’s
– other financial costs of $63 million, largely made up of costs related to mobility aids & home/vehicle modifications
– as mentioned in the above paragraph, the total disease burden was valued at $8.9 billion which represents suffering and onset of death related to the condition, and the loss of years of healthy life.

The headline findings of the Report are that;
• There are more than 70,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s
• 17,000 of those diagnosed in Australia are living in Queensland
• The condition impacts over 700,000 Australians
• 32 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every day; equaling more than 11,500 new cases each year
• 18% of people affected are of working age;
• the average person lives for about 12 years from diagnosis (although it can be a  lot longer, including well over 20 years);
• Parkinson’s is more common than prostate, bowel and many other cancers;
• it costs people with Parkinson’s approximately $162,500 over the ‘lifetime’ (12 year duration) living with the condition. This is on par with the lifetime financial cost of cancer ($145,000).
• prevalence has grown by 27% in the last nine years and costs by over 50%
• individuals bore 17% of the costs, and the government 57%
• It is estimated that by 2034 there will be 123,781 people living with Parkinson’s in Australia. An increase of 4% per annum between 2014-2034.

Source: Deloitte Access Economics “Living With Parkinson’s Disease” Report (published July 2015) and uses data from a wide variety of reliable sources to form its conclusions. The publication is issued on behalf of Parkinson’s Australia.