Indicators 2 & 3. How many people die from asthma?

Description: Number of deaths where asthma was the underlying cause of death, per 100,000 population (age-standardised).

Although deaths due to asthma are uncommon, it is important to monitor trends in asthma related deaths as they may be an indicator of changes in the incidence, prevalence, severity and/or treatment of asthma.

The interactive visualisations on this page show data for asthma related deaths by age and sex for people aged:

  • 5–34 years
  • 35–54 years
  • 55 years and over

Key findings

According to the AIHW National Mortality Database (NMD) in 2017:

  • There were 441 deaths due to asthma in Australia, which corresponds to a mortality rate of 1.8 per 100,000 population.

  • The mortality rate for people aged 5–34 years was 0.3 per 100,000 population, while for those aged 35–54 years and 55 years and over mortality rates were 0.9 and 5.4 per 100,000 population, respectively.

  • Overall, the mortality rate was higher for females than males (2.4 compared with 1.2 per 100,000 population). Mortality rates did not differ much between males and females in the 5–34 years and 35–54 years age groups. However, in the 55 years and over age group, the mortality rate was higher for females than males (7.6 and 2.9 per 100,000 population).

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