Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 6.2
Proportion of population dispensed inhaled corticosteroids (alone or in combination with long-acting beta-agonists), by demographic characteristics, 2006

Demographic characteristics

       All ages

 

Age 5–34 years

Number

Per cent

 

Number

Per cent

Sex

 

 

 

 

 

Male

492,515

4.8

 

157,576

3.7

Female

609,154

5.9

 

164,246

4.0

Age group

 

 

 

 

 

0–4 years

31,796

2.5

 

..

..

5–14 years

112,326

4.1

 

112,326

4.1

15–34 years

209,496

3.7

 

209,496

3.7

35–64 years

437,090

5.4

 

..

..

65 years and over

310,951

11.4

 

..

..

Socioeconomic status

 

 

 

 

 

SEIFA 1 (most disadvantaged)

230,512

6.1

 

65,951

3.9

SEIFA 2

177,694

6.2

 

49,721

4.0

SEIFA 3

205,713

6.0

 

60,454

4.0

SEIFA 4

246,691

5.6

 

73,815

3.8

SEIFA 5 (least disadvantaged)

230,965

5.5

 

68,874

3.7

Remoteness category

 

 

 

 

 

Major Cities

731,027

5.4

 

220,913

3.9

Inner Regional

241,034

5.6

 

64,974

3.9

Other areas(a)

129,026

5.0

 

35,723

3.4

Concessional status (b)

 

 

 

 

 

Government health concession card holders

552,505

10.7

 

75,753

6.7

No government health concession card

405,032

4.2

 

133,743

3.4

All persons

1,102,343

5.3

 

321,822

3.8

.. Not applicable.

(a) Other areas include Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote.

(b) Limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Note: SEIFA = Socio-economic Indexes for Areas. Sources: Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Australian Bureau of Statistics.

 

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