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.
- Cat. no: ACM 42
Asthma expenditure on medication was over 4 times the proportion for total health expenditure (51% compared with 12%)
Around 2.7 million Australians (11% of the total population) had asthma in 2020–21
In 2022, COPD was the 4th leading cause of total disease burden (DALY), accounting for 3.7% of total DALY
In 2021, COPD was a leading underlying cause of death in Australia, representing 4.1% of all deaths