A recent report was commissioned by Australian ADHD Professionals Association and prepared by Deloitte for the purpose of estimating the economic impact of ADHD in Australia in 2019.
The results highlighted that the social and economic costs of ADHD affects approximately 281,200 children and adolescents (aged 0-19) and 533,300 adults (aged 20+) in Australia. The total cost of ADHD in Australia in 2019 is $20.42 billion, which includes:
Financial costs of $12.83 billion
Wellbeing losses of $7.59 billion.
Productivity losses due to ADHD are substantial ($10.19 billion).
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects over 800,000 people in Australia today. ADHD is characterised by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and in some cases excessive levels of hyperactivity. Diagnosis is provided once symptoms are deemed by a specialist clinician to meet the diagnostic criteria. There is no one single known cause of ADHD; it is a syndrome that arises from an interaction of genetic, social and environmental factors. Despite the uncertainty of the cause of ADHD and the variation in the reported prevalence, it is clear that in Australia today, the social and economic cost of ADHD is large. (link to the Deloitte report)