Spinal cord injury statistics in Australia
Summary of SCI Statistics
The Spinal Cord Injury, Australia series produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) presents national statistics on spinal cord injury (SCI) using data from case registrations to the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register (ASCIR).
This is a summary of key statistics from the 2017-2018 report*. See the link below to access the full report.
During 2017-18, 318** new cases of SCI were reported to the ASCIR with 131 of these resulting from non-traumatic causes such as vascular disorders, infectious conditions, spinal canal stenosis, disc herniation, myelopathy and cancer.
The total number of new cases incurring SCI from traumatic causes, and over the age of 15, was 187.
Main causes of traumatic injury
80% of the cases incurring SCI from traumatic causes were male. The largest number of cases reported in 2017-18 were aged 25-34 (37 cases or 21%). Cases aged 55-64 were the next most numerous, with 32 (18%) cases reported.
Level of Injury
*Citation: AIHW: Harrison J, O’Brien D and Pointer S 2021. Spinal cord injury, Australia 2017–18, Injury research and statistics series, no. 136, Cat. No. INJCAT 219. Canberra: AIHW.
**2017-2018 data issues. There are some inconsistencies in the data reported for this year 2017-2018, when compared with previous years, in particular a drop in the number and types of cases reported. Comparison of the patterns of 2017-18 cases with patterns of earlier years’ cases must be interpreted cautiously – See Appendix A for observations.
Click here for a full copy of the report and to access previous years.
NB: As at March 2021 these are the most up to date statistics for spinal cord injury in Australia.
Statistics on how many people in Australia have an SCI vary
Approximately 15,000+ Australians live with a spinal cord injury
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