HealthStats NSW

  • + Key points: Asthma

    Latest available information

    Latest available data for adults in NSW

      • 11.3% of adults aged 16 years and over (9.2% of men and 13.3% of women) had asthma, as estimated from the 2016 NSW Adult Population Health Survey (self reported using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview or CATI).

      • Asthma was responsible for 147 deaths in 2015 and around 12,742 hospitalisations in 2014-15.

    Latest available data for children in NSW

      • 12.2% of children aged 2-15 years (13.8% of boys and 10.4% of girls) had asthma, as estimated from the 2015-2016 NSW Child Population Health Survey (parent reported using CATI).

    Latest available data for adult Aboriginal persons in NSW

      • 23.4% of adult Aboriginal persons aged 16 years and over had asthma, as estimated from the 2016 NSW Adult Population Health Survey (self reported using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview or CATI).

    Overall trends in NSW

    Self-reported data on asthma have been collected for adults in NSW since 1997 through the NSW Population Health Survey and parent-reported data on asthma have been collected for children in NSW since 2001 through the NSW Population Health Survey.

    Prevalence estimates, although differing slightly between surveys because of different sampling frames, participation rates and modes of collection (telephone versus face-to-face personal interview) have not changed over time.

    References

    Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health. NSW Population Health Survey. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/surveys/index.asp

    Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Health Survey: First Results (4364.0.55.001); NSW Table, 2014-2015. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001

  • + Background: Asthma

    Asthma is a significant public health problem in Australia and it is estimated that Australian prevalence rates are among the highest in the world. Fortunately, recent studies in children show no further increase in prevalence. In Australia in 2011, asthma was estimated to account for 2.4% of the disease burden (AIHW 2016).

  • + Interventions: Asthma

    Written asthma management plans are recommended as part of the national guidelines for the management of asthma: Australian Asthma Handbook (NACA 2015). They enable people with asthma to recognise a deterioration in their condition and initiate appropriate treatment, thereby reducing the severity of acute episodes.

    The Australian Asthma Handbook promotes preventive care activities, proper inhaler technique and adherence and stepped medical management where the use of medicines can be increased or decreased depending on circumstances and the therapy combinations.

    References

    National Asthma Council Australia. Australian Asthma Handbook. NACA, 2015. Available at: https://www.nationalasthma.org.au/health-professionals/australian-asthma-handbook