Asthma Affects 1 In 10 Australians

Asthma Affects 1 In 10 Australians

Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare

New User-Friendly Take On Asthma Stats

Victor P Taffa

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.”  Dr. Adrian Webster of the AIHW’s Primary Health and Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Monitoring Unit said today.

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?’
  • ‘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.