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Asthma symptoms include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

Asthma symptoms include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.
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Asthma statistics

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If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with asthma, you might be interested in finding out you are not alone.

Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that:

  • 11% of the Australian population has asthma (about 2.5 million people)
  • slightly more women than men have asthma
  • asthma is more common in boys than girls aged 0-14, but more common in females aged 15 and over
  • women living in remote areas are more likely to have asthma than women living in cities
  • asthma is more common among disadvantaged communities

Deaths attributed to asthma have remained stable for the last 5 years - about 1.5 per 100,000 population. In 2015, 421 people died from asthma.

Asthma costs about $1.2 billion a year in healthcare costs and as much as $28 billion a year in total ($11,740 per person) when you take into account disability, loss of productivity, time off work, premature death and other costs caused by asthma.

Last reviewed: June 2018

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