Stats Update – Cerebral Palsy in Australia
In 2013 the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register (ACPR) released its second report on the status of cerebral palsy.
Featuring the country’s most accurate and complete source of statistical information on cerebral palsy, the report has revealed 4 groups of people are statisticallymore at risk of developing cerebral palsy.
- Males – males are at a greater risk of having cerebral palsy
- Premature babies – prematurity is associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy
- Small babies – Low birth weight is associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy. This may be a result of prematurity or slow intrauterine growth. 42% of children with cerebral palsy had low birth weight, compared to just over 6% of the Australian population
- Twins, triplets and higher multiple births – Prematurity is associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy. 11% of children with cerebral palsy were from a multiple birth, whereas the rates of multiple births are only 1.7% in the Australian population.
The ACPR is a research database featuring data provided by each of the state and territory registers, and is one of the few national cerebral palsy registers in the world.
The aim for the ACPR is to be a source of data that will support research relating to:
- monitoring of cerebral palsy
- identifying interventions that effectively improve quality of life
- identifying causal pathways to enable prevention
- planning and evaluating services for children and adults with cerebral palsy.
The ACPR is funded by the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
We will add in link to ACPR Report 2013 once website is live.