Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 3.4
Prevalence of current asthma in children, most recent health survey results, 2002–2007

Location (source)

Year

Age range

No. in survey

Rate (%)

95% CI

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma and ‘yes’ to ‘Do you still get asthma?’

Australia (1)

2004–05

0–15 years

5,506

11.3

10.3–12.3

Australia (1)

2004–05

0–17 years

6,405

11.3

10.4–12.3

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND had symptoms of asthma (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness, when no cold or respiratory infection) or taken medication for asthma in last 12 months

Victoria (2)

2006

1–12 years

4,602

13.2

12.0–14.4

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND had symptoms of asthma or has taken treatment for asthma in the last 12 months

Western Australia (3)

2006–07

Under 16 years

1,178

11.8

9.4–14.7

 

2005–06

 

1,231

9.8

7.9–12.1

 

2004–05

 

986

12.7

9.9–16.1

 

2003–04

 

1,105

15.7

12.1–20.2

 

2002–03

 

941

14.2

11.9–16.8

Australian Capital Territory (4)

2005

4–6 years

3,851

11

10.0–12.0

 

2004

 

3,826

12

11.0–13.0

 

2003

 

3,700

13

11.9–14.1

 

2002

 

3,794

14

12.9–15.1

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND ‘took asthma medication that was prescribed or given to [child] by a doctor’ or ‘had whistling or wheezing in the chest at any time’ in the past 12 months

South Australia (5)

2006–07

2–15 years

1,276

14.8

13.0–16.9

2005–06

1,339

16.6

14.7–18.7

 

2004–05

 

1,345

17.7

15.8–19.9

Experienced wheeze or whistling in the chest in past 12 months

Victoria (2)

2006

1–12 years

4,602

23.3

21.8–24.7

Victoria (Barwon region) (6)

2005

6–7 years

2,208

20.2

1.8–22.2

Victoria (Melbourne) (7)

2002

6–7 years

2,968

20.0

18.4–21.8

Had wheezing or whistling in chest at any time in the last 12 months

South Australia (5)

2006–07

2–15 years

1,276

17.5

15.6–19.7

Note: CI = confidence interval.

Sources: (1) Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey 2004–05 (confidentialised unit record files) (age standardised to the 2001 Australian population); (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) Phillips et al. 2007; (5) South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System, Department of Health, Government of South Australia; (6) Vuillermin et al. 2007; (7) Robertson et al. 2004.

 

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