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.

Australian Centre for Monitoring Population Health

Latest data and information on the health of Australians

Chronic respiratory conditions

See the Latest updates: Admitted patient care statistics up to 2020–21 (9 February 2023)

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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

In 2017─18, 1 in 9 Australians (11%) had asthma—that’s 2.7 million people.

In 2016─17, the PHN area with the highest potentially preventable hospitalisation rates for asthma was Murrumbidgee.

In 2017─18, two-thirds of children aged 0–14 with asthma had an asthma action plan.

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