Population health impacts of dementia
It is vital for health-care professionals and policymakers to understand how many people are living with, and dying from dementia in Australia, and how this may vary for different subgroups of the population. This information enables better policy and service planning for the current and future impact of dementia on the health of Australians and Australia’s health-care, aged care and social systems.
The following pages present statistics and information on:
- Prevalence of dementia (number of people with dementia)
- Incidence of dementia (number of new cases of dementia)
- Deaths due to dementia (where dementia was the underlying cause of death)
- Dying due to dementia compared to dying with dementia
- Burden of disease due to dementia
- Dementia burden due to risk factors.
These pages also present the current data landscape for reporting on the population health impact of dementia and ways this may be improved in the future.
See Dementia in priority groups for more information on the population health impacts of dementia among different population groups, including among First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.