Asthma by numbers


17 Mar 2015

Latest data from the AIHW shows 1 in 10 people in Australia have asthma and only 20% of those have a written action plan. However the data does show the number of hospitalisations for asthma is declining, with 37,500 occurring in 20-12-13.



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1 in 10

Australians suffer from asthma. That’s over 2 million people.

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Proportion of people aged 15 and over with asthma with a written asthma action plan. Children aged 0–14 were the most likely to have a written asthma action plan (41%).

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$655 million

was spent on asthma in 2008–09. That’s 0.9% of all direct health expenditure on diseases.

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hospitalisations in 2012–13 where asthma was the principal diagnosis. That’s a hospitalisation rate of 168 per 100,000 population.

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394 deaths due to asthma in 2012 (0.3% of all deaths).

Source: AIHW 

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