Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 3.3
Prevalence of current asthma in adults, 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

16 years and over

20,400

9.9

9.4–10.4

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND ‘yes’ to ‘Do you still have asthma?’

South Australia (2)

2003

15 years and over

n.a.

12.2

n.a.

 

2002

 

n.a.

13.4

n.a.

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

New South Wales (3)

2006

16 years and over

7,941

10.9

9.9–11.8

New South Wales (4)

2005

16 years and over

11,474

10.4

9.7–11.2

Queensland (5)

2006

18 years and over

1,521

13.7

11.9–15.9

 

2004

 

2,231

15.1

13.5–16.8

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND asthma symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness) in the last 12 months

Victoria (6)

2006

18 years and over

n.a.

10.5

9.5–11.5

 

2005

 

n.a.

11.3

10.3–12.3

 

2004

 

n.a.

10.5

9.5–11.5

 

2003

 

n.a.

11.7

10.7–12.7

 

2002

 

n.a.

12.6

11.6–13.6

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

Western Australia (7)

2006–07

16 years and over

5,932

10.1

8.9–11.4

 

2005–06

 

5,998

10.5

9.5–11.6

 

2004–05

 

5,010

10.8

9.6–12.1

 

2003–04

 

5,169

10.7

9.4–12.3

 

2002–03

 

4,732

10.2

9.3–11.2

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

South Australia (8)

2006–07

16 years and over

5,699

13.4

12.5–14.3

 

2005–06

 

5,727

13.9

13.0–14.8

 

2004–05

 

5,791

14.1

13.2–15.0

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND ‘still have asthma’ or ‘had whistling or wheezing in the chest at any time in the past 12 months’

Australia (9)

Dec 2003–Jan 2004

16 years and over

1,006

11.2

9.1–13.0

n.a. Not available

Sources: (1) National Health Survey 2004–05 (confidentialised unit record files); (2) Wilson et al. 2006; (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) Queensland Omnibus Survey, Epidemiology Services Unit, Queensland Health; (6) Victorian Department of Human Services 2007; (7) WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System, Epidemiology Branch, Department of Health, Government of Western Australia; (8) South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System, Department of Health, Government of South Australia; (9) Australian Asthma Survey (Marks et al. 2007).

 

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