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4-4. Asthma prevalence

4-4-1. Asthma prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

4-4-2. Asthma prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

4-4-3. Asthma prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

4-4-4. Asthma prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

4-4-5. Asthma prevalence – Aboriginal people

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4-4-1. Asthma prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2015, around one in seven (13.4%) South Australians aged 18 years or more were living with asthma.
  • The rate varies between the three metropolitan Adelaide Local Health Networks (LHNs), from 11.0% in the Central Adelaide LHN up to 15.3% in the Northern Adelaide LHN.
  • The Country SA rate (14.3%) is not statistically significantly higher than the metropolitan Adelaide rate of 13.0%, taking into account sampling error.
  • No statistically significant underlying trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting living with asthma was identified, either for metropolitan Adelaide or Country SA residents.

 

Asthma prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Local Health Network%
Northern Adelaide LHN15.3%
Central Adelaide LHN11.0%
Southern Adelaide LHN13.1%
Metropolitan Adelaide13.0%
Country SA LHN14.3%
South Australia13.4%
Australian.a.

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4-4-2. Asthma prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2015, the proportion of the population aged 18 years and over that was living with asthma was statistically significantly higher for females (17.4%) than males (8.8%).

 


Asthma prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Age (years)MalesFemales
18-2411.3%13.0%
25-346.8%18.7%
35-447.1%19.8%
45-549.3%15.1%
55-649.0%17.3%
65-7410.4%19.6%
75+9.0%17.7%
All ages8.8%17.4%

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4-4-3. Asthma prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2015, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who are living with asthma and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live.

 

Asthma prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Socio-economic status (SES)%
Lowest SES12.8%
Low SES15.9%
Middle SES14.0%
High SES12.2%
Highest SES11.5%

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4-4-4. Asthma prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people of all ages and is not directly comparable with data presented from the state-wide survey for ages 18 years and over in 4-4-1 to 4-4-3 above.
  • The national survey reports figures that broadly corroborate the state-wide survey a little over one in ten (10.6%) of the age-standardised population in South Australia estimated to be living with asthma.
  • The South Australian rate is level with the estimated Australia-wide rate (10.8%) and there is little variation identifiable between the rates reported for the various states and territories.

 


Living with asthma (all ages), 2014–15 (age-standardised)
State/Territory%
Northern Territory8.7%
Western Australia9.6%
New South Wales10.3%
Queensland10.5%
South Australia10.6%
Australian Capital Territory11.8%
Victoria11.9%
Tasmania12.8%
Australia10.8%

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4-4-5. Asthma prevalence – Aboriginal people

  • The 19.7% of Aboriginal people in South Australia who reported living with asthma was slightly above the national average for Aboriginal people of 17.5%.
  • Compared to Aboriginal people in other states and territories, South Australia was ranked fourth highest for this indicator.
  • However, the South Australian rate was 11.9 percentage points above the lowest ranked jurisdiction (Northern Territory).
  • The rate for Aboriginal people in South Australia during 2012-13 (19.7%) is around double the 10.8% for all persons in SA recorded in 2011-12 (see 4-4-4 above).

 


Asthma prevalence - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2012-13
State/Territory%
Northern Territory7.8%
Queensland14.3%
Western Australia14.7%
Tasmania18.8%
South Australia19.7%
Victoria21.5%
New South Wales23.1%
Australian Capital Territory23.4%
Australia17.5%

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Sources

  1. Based on Health Information Portal database 2016, 'Management Reporting, Reports, South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System Online, Asthma prevalence (Age 18+)', SA Health, Adelaide, accessed 14 December 2016.
  2. Based on ABS 2015, ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 6 June 2016.
  3. Based on ABS 2013, 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics by State/Territory,' Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: First results 2012-13, cat. no. 4727.0.55.001, viewed 4 February 2014.