Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 3.2
Prevalence of ever being diagnosed with asthma in children, most recent health survey results, 2002–2007

Location (source)

Year

Age range

No. in survey

Rate (%)

95% CI

Parent/guardian ever told by a doctor or nurse that their child has asthma

Australia (1)

2004–05

0–15 years

5,506

20.8

19.4–22.1

Parent ever told by doctor that their child has asthma

Victoria (2)

2006

1–12 years

4,602

20.8

19.5–22.2

Western Australia (3)

2006–07

Under 16 years

1,178

18.6

15.7–21.9

 

2005–06

 

1,231

15.9

13.5–18.6

 

2004–05

 

986

17.7

14.5–21.5

 

2003–04

 

1,105

22.6

18.3–27.4

 

2002–03

 

941

18.3

15.7–21.1

South Australia (4)

2006–07

2–15 years

1,276

22.1

19.9–24.5

Victoria (Barwon region) (5)

2005

6–7 years

2,208

24.4

22.8–26.0

Victoria (Melbourne) (6)

2002

6–7 years

2,968

25.5

23.7–27.4

Note: CI = confidence interval.

Sources: (1) National Health Survey 2004–05 (confidentialised unit record files); (2) 2006 Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey; (3) WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System, Epidemiology Branch, Department of Health, Government of Western Australia; (4) South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) Department of Health, Government of South Australia; (5) Vuillermin et al. 2007; (6) Robertson et al. 2004.

 

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