Respiratory conditions affect the airways, including the lungs as well as the passages that transfer air from the mouth and nose into the lungs. They can be long lasting (chronic) or short term (acute) and can cause ill health, disability and death.

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2.7% of people aged 35 and over at 30 June 2019 had used health services for COPD in the year prior

COPD prevalence was highest in areas of highest disadvantage (3.8%) among people aged 35 and over at 30 June 2019

COPD prevalence at 30 June 2019 was 2.8% for men and 2.6% for women, for those aged 35 and over

Rates were higher for home-based sleep studies (4.7 per 1,000 population) than laboratory sleep studies (2.1)

In 2019, 134,481 patients received diagnostic sleep study—6.7 per 1,000 Australians aged 18 and over

Claiming rates for sleep studies varied by state and territory, remoteness and socioeconomic area of residence

More reports and statistics on respiratory conditions can be found under the topic Chronic disease.