Funding for Autism Research in Australia

NHMRC Funding for Autism Research in Australia

The latest official data on the number of people with autism in Australia produced by the ABS in 2012 showed an estimated 115,400 Australians (0.5%) had autism1. This was a 79% increase on the 64,400 people estimated to have the condition in 20092. Regrettably there is still no National Register for those with autism, although West Australia has had one since 1999. It is suspected that there has been considerable under diagnosis over the years, as awareness of autism was not widely known.

Current estimates of autism in Australia are that it affects around 1/100 people, or ~240,000.  

Despite the high prevalence of autism in the community, there has been relatively little research carried out in Australia into its causes.

NHMRC Grants for Autism Aetiological and some Therapeutic Research 2007-2016 (10 years)

 The figures (in $k), for the period were as follows:

Year

Autism

Aspergers

Total ($k)

2008

 

 

 

2009

2,402

 

2,402

2010

1,646

504

2,150

2011

2,912

 

2,912

2012

930

 

930

2013

2,553

 

2,553

2014

1,897

 

1,897

2015

858

 

858

2016

3,916

 

3,916#

2017

5,768

5,768#

Total

22,882

504

23,386

Average last 5 years

 

 

2,998#

 

#The 2016 and 2017 figures include some therapeutic research ($1,629k) as well as basic research into conditions other than autism eg epilepsy, ADHD, schizophrenia and intellectual disability.