Indicator 7. Asthma action plans

Description: Proportion of people with asthma who have a written asthma action plan.

A written asthma action plan is defined as a management plan, prepared for patients with asthma by a health care professional. The plan helps people with asthma to manage their condition and reduce the severity of acute asthma flare-ups.

Asthma action plans have formed part of the National Asthma Council Australia's guidelines for the management of asthma for 24 years (NACA 2019) and have been promoted in public education campaigns (including by the National Asthma Council Australia).

The aim of an asthma action plan is to help a person with asthma (or their carer) prevent or reduce the severity of an asthma attack (for more information see Australian Asthma Handbook – written asthma action plans).

The interactive visualisations on this page show the proportion of people with asthma who have a written asthma action plan by age and sex.

Key findings

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS) show that:

  • An estimated 839,000 (31%) of people with asthma across all ages had a written asthma action plan.
  • The proportion of children aged 0–14 with asthma having an asthma action plan (67%) was significantly higher than all other age groups.
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NACA (National Asthma Council Australia) 2019. Australian Asthma Handbook, Version 2.0 Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia