Research and Statistics


Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to any damage to the brain that occurs after birth.

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:

  • Not all people with an ABI or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are hospitalised and so are not recorded in hospital data;  
  • If admitted to hospital, an ABI or TBI may not be recorded at the initial intake or as principal diagnosis; 
  • Surveys of disability often only record the main disabling condition.   

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 2009

 Australian 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: 

Australian Government