New user-friendly take on asthma stats

 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has today launched new information on its website which makes asthma statistics more accessible and easier to understand. 

‘This new snapshot of the latest asthma statistics enables people to find facts and figures about asthma quickly and easily,’ said Dr Adrian Webster of the AIHW’s Primary Health and Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Monitoring Unit.

The product was developed in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring, a collaborating unit of the AIHW.

‘Asthma is a long-term, chronic condition that affects about 1 in 10 Australians,’ Dr Webster said.

The web product addresses questions such as: ‘Who gets asthma?’ ‘What drugs are used to treat asthma?’ ‘What roles do GPs play in treating asthma?’ and ‘How does asthma affect quality of life?’

It shows that there were more than 37,500 hospitalisations for asthma in 2007-08, and 385 deaths due to asthma in 2007.

‘In 2004-05, the latest expenditure data available, $606 million was spent on asthma—representing 1.2% of all health expenditure,’ Dr Webster said.

The new asthma web pages are available at: www.aihw.gov.au/asthma-and-chronic-respiratory-diseases/.

It is part of a redesigned website for the Institute, which has also been launched today, and the first in a new series of AIHW web products that will provide up-to-date statistics on a variety of health and welfare topics.

Canberra, 1 March 2011

Further information: Dr Adrian Webster, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1119, mob. 0407 915 851

For media copies of the report: Publications Officer (02) 6244 1032