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.

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Latest findings

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

Around 1 in 4 aged 15 and over with asthma had a written asthma action plan, based on 2017–18 self-reported survey data

389 deaths were due to asthma in 2018

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

COPD was the 5th leading cause of death in 2018

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

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