Epilepsy is one of the most common and disabling chronic neurological conditions. It is characterised by recurrent seizures, which are caused by a temporary disruption of the electrical activity in the brain. This web report provides an overview of epilepsy in Australia, including statistics on disease prevalence, burden, treatment access, hospitalisations and deaths.
- Cat. no: NEU 1
The National Health Survey 2017–18 estimates 0.6% of Australians have been diagnosed with epilepsy
There were 31,400 hospitalisations associated with epilepsy in 2018–19
There were over 20,600 emergency department presentations associated with epilepsy in 2018–19
In 2019, epilepsy contributed to about 1,100 deaths