Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 3.1
Prevalence of asthma ever being diagnosed by a doctor, adults, most recent health survey results, 2002–2007

Location (source)

Year

No. in survey

Age range

Rate (%)

95% CI

Ever told by a doctor or nurse they have asthma

Australia (1)

2004–05

20,400

16 years and over

20.2

19.5–20.8

Queensland (2)

2006

1,521

18 years and over

24.3

21.8–26.9

Ever told by a doctor or hospital they have asthma

New South Wales (3)

2006

7,948

16 years and over

19.3

18.1–20.5

New South Wales (4)

2005

11,480

16 years and over

19.2

18.2–20.2

Ever told by a doctor they have asthma

Victoria (5)

2006

approximately 7,500

18 years and over

21.2

19.8–22.6

 

2005

 

 

21.1

19.7–22.5

 

2004

 

 

20.2

19.0–21.4

 

2003

 

 

20.4

19.2–21.6

 

2002

 

 

21.9

20.5–23.3

Western Australia (6)

2006–07

5,932

16 years and over

17.4

15.8–19.0

 

2005–06

5,998

 

16.7

15.4–18.0

 

2004–05

5,010

 

17.3

15.8–18.9

 

2003–04

5,169

 

17.6

15.9–19.6

 

2002–03

4,732

 

16.3

15.1–17.5

South Australia (7)

2006–07

5,699

16 years and over

19.0

18.0–20.1

Note: CI = confidence interval.

Sources: (1) National Health Survey 2004–05 (confidentialised unit record files); (2) Epidemiology Services Unit, Queensland Health; (3) 2006 Report on Adult Health from the New South Wales Population Health Survey (Centre for Epidemiology and Research 2007); (4) 2005 Report on Adult Health from the New South Wales Population Health Survey (Centre for Epidemiology and Research 2006); (5) Victorian Department of Human Services 2007; (6) WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System, Epidemiology Branch, Department of Health, Government of Western Australia (data presented in financial years for WA); (7) South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS), Department of Health, Government of South Australia.

 

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