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Asthma incidence on the rise

12 Dec 18

The incidence of asthma in Australia is continuing to increase shows the National Health Survey data released today.

Asthma is now impacting approximately 2.7 million Australians or 11.2% of the population compared to 2.5 million or 10.8% in 2014/15.

South Australians have more asthma than any other state or territory jumping from 10.6% up to 13%.  Queenslanders are also experiencing markedly more asthma with an increase from 10.6% up to 11.9%.  

The new data highlights the need for continued investment into asthma support services, education and research to better support the millions of Australians affected.  

“As a developed nation with a great health care system, we have the means at our disposal to tackle this worrying trend,” said Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma Australia.

“Unless we put what we know into practice, we can’t expect to change outcomes for people with asthma.

“We need more investment into preventive measures to ensure people with asthma live well and stay out of hospital.  

“We’re actively working with governments and key industry partners to adopt a more systemic approach to address asthma with all the levers at our disposal.

“We must look to research to better understand what’s happening in Australia and to one day find a cure,” Ms Goldman said.

Asthma Australia is the health peak body representing people with asthma, people can seek support and information about asthma by calling the free 1800 Asthma Helpline (1800 278 462) or by visiting www.asthmaustralia.org.au.

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Statistical Information

Prevalence of asthma (%) by state and territory

State/Territory

Prevalence (%) 2014-15

Prevalence (%) 2017-18

ACT

11.5

12.1

NSW

10.4

10.7

QLD

10.6

11.9

SA

10.6

13.0

NT

8.2

7.4

WA

9.6

9.6

Victoria

11.9

11.4

Tasmania

12.6

12.9

Australia

10.8

11.2%

 

Editors Notes

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018; National Health Survey: First Results 2017-18. ABS Cat no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4364.0.55.001Main+Features12017-18?OpenDocument

Global Asthma Network 2018, Global asthma report. Auckland, New Zealand: Global Asthma Network http://www.globalasthmareport.org/Global%20Asthma%20Report%202018.pdf

About Asthma Australia

For over 50 years Asthma Australia has been the leader in asthma health care, research and support. Asthma Australia delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 500,000 people every year and provides support, training and resources to the primary health care sector. The organisation funds vital basic science and population health research contributing to national and international understandings of asthma and how best to manage the disease.

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