Spinal cord injury statistics in Australia
Summary of SCI Statistics
The Spinal Cord Injury, Australia series produced by the Australian Institute of Heath 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 2015-2016 report*. See the link below to access the full report.
During 2015-16, 398 new cases of SCI were reported to the ASCIR with 145 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 253.
Main causes of traumatic injury
80% of the cases incurring SCI from traumatic causes were male. Unlike most previous years, where the highest number of new SCI cases were seen among those aged 15-24, the largest number of cases reported in 2015-16 were aged 45-54 (46 cases or 17%).
Level of Injury
*Citation: AIHW: Tovell, A 2019. Spinal cord injury, Australia 2015–16, Injury research and statistics series, no. 122, Cat. No. INJCAT 202. Canberra: AIHW.
Click here for a full copy of the report and to access previous years.
NB: As at April 2019 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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