The main causes of ABI are; accident or trauma, stroke, brain infection, disease or tumour and drugs and alcohol. An ABI can affect cognitive, physical, emotional and independent functioning.
In Western Australia a conservative estimate shows that 2.3% of the population or 60,034 individuals have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). This is based on Western Australia’s current population of 2,600,000 (ABS 2009, ABS 2016).
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013, Australian Demographic Statistics, cat. no. 3101.0, viewed 01 August 2016, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3101.0
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013, Customised Report. Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2009, People with a disability with requested conditions, viewed 01 August 2016 2016, http://webadmin.communitycreative.com.au/uploads/headwest/ABSsdac2009.xls
Points to note about statistics and ABI:
Further research and statistics with regard to ABI:
Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services NSW
Australian Bureau of Statistics. Survey of Disabiility, Ageing and Carers 2009Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
James Cook University
Brain Injury Australia
Government of Western Australia:
Headwest, Brain Injury Association of WA:
Road Safety Commission:
University of Western Australia / Western Australian Institute for Medical Research / Telethon Institute for Child Health Research:
World Health Organisation
Further research and statistics with regard to disability: