Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by the Australian ADHD Professionals Association to estimate the socioeconomic cost of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Australia.
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder, and it is characterised by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and in some cases excessive levels of hyperactivity. ADHD can have lifelong impacts on individuals, their families and society, although early diagnosis and quality treatment can improve individual outcomes substantially.
In this report, evidence has been presented to demonstrate the burden of ADHD in Australia, including on health system, productivity and carer costs, other financial costs and quality of life.
The key findings include:
The evidence in this report suggests there is a continued need to raise awareness of the socioeconomic burden of ADHD in Australia and educate and inform key stakeholders including individuals, education systems, workplaces, and society in an attempt to reduce the burden and lifelong impact that ADHD may have.