4-4. Asthma prevalence
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.
|Local Health Network||%|
|Northern Adelaide LHN||15.3%|
|Central Adelaide LHN||11.0%|
|Southern Adelaide LHN||13.1%|
|Country SA LHN||14.3%|
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%).
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.
|Socio-economic status (SES)||%|
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.
|New South Wales||10.3%|
|Australian Capital Territory||11.8%|
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).
|New South Wales||23.1%|
|Australian Capital Territory||23.4%|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.