This web report provides interactive data displays on the national asthma indicators published in the National Asthma Strategy 2018 by the National Asthma Council (National Asthma Strategy).

The indicators provide insights on how common asthma is in Australia; asthma related deaths, hospital visits and general practice encounters; the use of asthma action plans, impact of asthma on quality of life, and the cost of asthma to the Australian healthcare system.

  • Cat. no: ACM 38
Findings from this report:
  • In 2017─18, 1 in 9 Australians (11%) had asthma—that’s 2.7 million people.

  • In 2016─17, the PHN area with the highest potentially preventable hospitalisation rates for asthma was Murrumbidgee.

  • In 2017─18, two-thirds of children aged 0–14 with asthma had an asthma action plan.

  • In 2017─18, 23% of people with asthma said it had interfered with daily activity 2 or more times in the past month.