The Cost of Perinatal Depression in Australia" puts a financial value on the cost of perinatal depression in Australia. The report shows that perinatal depression will affect nearly 100,000 new parents in 2012. This includes 1 in 7 new mothers and 1 in 20 new fathers. The report also outlines the $433.52M cost to the Australian economy. It is the first of its kind to put a financial value on the cost of perinatal depression in Australia. The report shows that in 2012:
- Lost productivity due to perinatal depression will cost Australian workplaces $310.34M.
- Government and private direct health care costs of $78.66M (including primary care, psychiatrist and allied health services, medications, hospital, and community mental health services).
- Costs to the wider community of $44.53M resulting from direct expenditure on health services for people with perinatal depression and forgone taxation revenue due to lost earnings.