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released: 27 Sep 2012 author: AIHW media release

In 2011, there were an estimated 298,000 people with dementia. This number is expected to increase markedly over time, with projections suggesting it will reach around 400,000 by 2020 and 900,000 by 2050. Dementia is a leading cause of death, accounting for 6% of all deaths in 2010. Total direct health and aged care services expenditure on people with dementia was at least $4.9 billion in 2009-10.

ISBN 978-1-74249-349-7; Cat. no. AGE 70; 250pp.; $38

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • What is dementia?
      • Assessment and diagnosis
      • Risk and protective factors
      • National policy and service responses
      • Purpose and structure of this report
    • 2 Prevalence, mortality and burden of disease
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      • Prevalence of dementia
      • Incidence of dementia
      • Mortality due to dementia
      • Burden of disease due to dementia
    • 3 Characteristics of people with dementia
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      • Sociodemographic characteristics
      • Type of dementia
      • Level of disability
      • Co-existing conditions
      • What assistance is needed?
      • Source of assistance
    • 4 Use of health and aged care services
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      • Consumer support programs
      • General practice services
      • Hospital services
      • Medications
      • Aged care assessments
      • Community aged care packages
      • Other community aged care services
      • Flexible aged care services
      • Respite care
      • Residential aged care services
      • Pathways through aged care services
      • Specialised mental health care services
      • Are services meeting needs?
    • 5 Carers of people with dementia
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      • What proportion had carers?
      • How many carers are there?
      • Who are the carers?
      • Motivation to care
      • What assistance do carers provide?
      • Impact of the caring role on carers
      • Areas of unmet support
    • 6 Expenditure on dementia
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      • Total estimated expenditure on dementia
      • Consumer support programs
      • Out-of-hospital medical services
      • People with dementia in hospital
      • Medications for dementia
      • Aged care assessments
      • Community aged care services
      • Flexible aged care services
      • National Respite for Carers Program
      • Residential aged care services
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Additional tables
      • Appendix B: Data sources
      • Appendix C: Australian longitudinal studies
      • Appendix D: Technical information
      • Appendix E: Classifications used
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Dementia in Australia. Cat. no. AGE 70. Canberra: AIHW.