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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) limits airflow in the lungs. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

This is a snapshot of the latest statistics on COPD 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 this snapshot was last updated November 2013.

COPD by the numbers


Dashboard deaths from COPD PNG

One third

The death rate from COPD for males in 2011 was one third of that in 1970.

In 1970, the male death rate from COPD was 7 times the female rate. In 2011, the male death rate was less than twice the female death rate.


Dash - COPD hospitalisations

59,265

hospitalisations for COPD in 2011–12 among Australians aged 55 and over. That's 0.6% of all hospitalisations.

Men's hospitalisation rates declined between 2002–03 and 2011–12, while women's rates were relatively stable.


Dash - COPD expenditure PNG

$929 million

was spent on COPD in 2008–09.

That's 1.3% of all direct expenditure on diseases.