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released: 20 Oct 2008 author: Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring media release

Asthma is an important health problem in Australia. This report brings together data from a wide range of sources to describe the current status of asthma in Australia. It includes information on the number of people who have asthma and who visit their GP, are hospitalised or die due to asthma. Time trends and profiles of people who receive various treatments for asthma are also presented, along with information on those who have written asthma action plans. In addition, comorbidities and quality of life among people with asthma are investigated. This report also includes a chapter that focuses on asthma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

ISSN 1448-7594; ISBN 978 1 74024 851 8; Cat. no. ACM 14; Internet only

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Publication table of contents and part PDFs

  • Preliminary material (657KB PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Key points-Asthma in Australia 2008
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (657KB PDF)
    2. Asthma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (1.6MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. Prevalence
      2. Mortality
      3. Use of health services
      4. Management and care
      5. Smoking
      6. Self-assessed health status
      7. Prevalence of comorbidities in the community
      8. Conclusions and summary
    3. Prevalence (1.7MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. Ever diagnosed with asthma
      2. Current asthma
      3. Time trends in current asthma
      4. International comparisons
      5. Population subgroups
      6. Patterns of asthma in adults
      7. Patterns of asthma in children
      8. Sleep disturbance due to asthma
      9. Comorbid conditions among people with asthma
      10. Summary
    4. Mortality (1.4MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. Time trends in asthma deaths
      2. International comparisons
      3. Population subgroups
      4. Seasonal variation in mortality risk
      5. Comorbidities in people who died from asthma
      6. Asthma as an associated cause of death in deaths attributed to other causes
      7. Summary
    5. Use of health services (2.7MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. General practice encounters for asthma
        1. Time trends
        2. Population subgroups
        3. Practice Incentives Program Asthma Cycle of Care (formerly the Asthma3+ Visit Plan)
        4. Claims for completed Asthma Cycles of Care in population subgroups
        5. Management of asthma in general practice
        • Summary
      2. Hospitalisations and emergency department visits
        1. Emergency department visits
        2. Hospitalisations
        3. Time trends in hospital use for asthma
        4. Seasonal variation
        5. Population subgroups
        6. Comorbidities in patients admitted to hospital with asthma
        7. Asthma as an additional diagnosis in people admitted to hospital with other conditions
        • Summary
      3. Invasive mechanical ventilation
        1. Time trends
        2. Population subgroups
        3. Mortality and morbidity
        • Summary
      4. Health-care expenditure due to asthma
        1. Expenditure by health sector
        2. Changes in expenditure between 2000-01 and 2004-05
        3. Other economic impacts of asthma
        • Summary
    6. Management (2MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. Written asthma action plans
        1. Possession of written asthma action plans
        2. Time trends
        3. Population subgroups
        • Summary
      2. Medications used to treat asthma
        1. Monitoring use
        2. Sources of data
        3. Time trends in the supply of medications for asthma and other respiratory disorders
        4. Current use of medications for asthma
        • Summary
    7. Tobacco smoke and occupation as risk factors for asthma (1.2MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. People with asthma who smoke
        1. Prevalence
        2. Population subgroups
      2. Passive smoke exposure in children with asthma
        1. Exposure to passive smoke inside the home
      3. Occupational asthma
        1. Current surveillance
        2. Prevalence
        3. Incidence
        4. Improving surveillance
      • Summary
    8. Quality of life (1.2MB PDF)
      • Key points
      • Introduction
      1. Impact of asthma on self-assessed health
      2. Impact of asthma on the domains of HRQoL
        1. Psychological domain
        2. Social domain
      • Summary
  • End matter

Recommended citation

Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring 2008. Asthma in Australia 2008. Cat. no. ACM 14. Canberra: AIHW.