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About asthma

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects a person's breathing. It is a significant cause of ill health and poor quality of life.

This is a snapshot of the latest statistics on asthma in Australia. More detailed information can be found in Asthma in Australia 2011, and in other publications from the AIHW and the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM).

Information in the asthma snapshot was last reviewed in March 2014.

Asthma by numbers


1 in 10 Australians suffer from asthma

1 in 10

Australians suffer from asthma.

That's over 2 million people.


24% have a written asthma action plan PNG

24%

Proportion of people with asthma with a written asthma action plan. Children aged 0–14 were the most likely to have a written asthma action plan.


Infographic showing $655 million was spent on asthma in 2008-09

$655 million

was spent on asthma in 2008–09.

That's 0.9% of all direct health expenditure on diseases.


38,681 hospitalisations in 2011-12 PNG

38,681

hospitalisations in 2011–12 where asthma was the principal diagnosis.

That's 0.4% of all hospitalisations.


394 deaths due to asthma in 2012 PNG

394

deaths due to asthma in 2012.