Dementia is a leading cause of illness and death among Australians. This report shows that in 2016–17:
- there were about 94,800 hospitalisations of people who had at least 1 diagnosis of dementia
- the majority (71%) of dementia hospitalisations were of the highest clinical complexity compared with 16% of hospitalisations without a diagnosis of dementia
- the rate of dementia hospitalisations has decreased by almost a quarter in the last decade.
See related report Dispensing patterns for anti-dementia medications 2016–17