Overview

Respiratory conditions affect the airways, including the lungs as well as the passages that transfer air from the mouth and nose into the lungs. They can be long lasting (chronic) or short term (acute) and can cause ill health, disability and death.

More reports and statistics on respiratory conditions can be found under Chronic disease.

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Latest findings

In 2017–18, boys aged 0–14 were 1.6 times more likely to be admitted to hospital for asthma than girls

1 in 9 Australians had asthma in 2017–18 that had been diagnosed by a doctor or nurse based on self-reported survey data

In 2017–18, females aged 15 and over were 2.3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital for asthma than males

About 1 in 20 Australians aged 45 years and over had COPD in 2017–18, according to self-reported survey data

The prevalence of COPD was higher in the lowest socioeconomic area compared with that in the highest socioeconomic area

In 2017–18, admissions to hospital for COPD were highest in winter and early spring

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