Over 2.2 million Australians have currently doctor diagnosed asthma. That’s one in nine Australian children and one in ten adults in our community who have asthma. In Victoria alone there are over 600,000 people with asthma. The prevalence of asthma in Australia is high by international standards.
Asthma is a common reason for hospital admissions in children under 12. In primary school aged children asthma is more common among boys than girls. After teenage years, more women have asthma than men.
Unfortunately, in 2007, 385 people in Australia died from asthma. The risk of dying from asthma increases with age.
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If you think your are experiencing asthma attack symptoms or severe breathing difficulties, please contact Nurse On Call on 1300 60 60 24 or 000.