COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a preventable and treatable lung disease characterised by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible. People with COPD may experience cough, sputum production, and/or dyspnoea (difficult or laboured breathing).

  • Cat. no: ACM 35
Findings from this report:
  • COPD was the 5th leading cause of death in 2018

  • 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

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