Asthma in Australia 2005 

Table 2.2
Prevalence of current asthma in children, Australia, 1999–2004

Location

Survey

Year

Age range

Rates

95% CI

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND ‘Yes’ to ‘Do you still have/get asthma’?

Australia

(1)

2001

0 to 17 years

13.8%

12.9–14.7%

Melbourne, Vic

(5)

2002

6 to 7 years

20.0%

18.4–21.8%

Ever doctor-diagnosed asthma AND symptoms of asthma or taken treatment for asthma in last 12 months

NSW

(2)

2001

2 to 12 years

15.7%

14.7–16.8%

SA

(4)

2003–04

2 to 15 years

18.4%

16.3–20.7%

 

(4)

2002–03

2 to 15 years

18.0%

15.9–20.4%

WA

(6)

2004

0 to 15 years

14.6%

12.1–17.2%

Does your child have asthma?

ACT

(7)

1999–2001

4 to 6 years

15.1%

14.4–15.8%

Wheeze or whistling in the chest in last 12 months

ACT

(7)

1999–2001

4 to 6 years

15.3%

14.6–16.0%

Belmont, NSW

(3)

2002

8 to 11 years

23.7%

20.8–26.8%

Wheeze in last 12 months and airway hyperresponsiveness

Belmont, NSW

(3)

2002

8 to 11 years

11.3%

8.8–14.3%

Sources:
These estimates were obtained from the following surveys and studies:
(1) ABS National Health Survey (CURF);
(2) NSW Child Health Survey 2001 (Centre for Epidemiology and Research (NSW Department of Health) 2002);
(3) Belmont Cohort Study (Toelle et al. 2004);
(4) South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System, Population Research and Outcome Studies Unit, SA Department of Human Services (unpublished data) 2005;
(5) International Study on Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (Robertson et al. 2004);
(6) Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System, Health Information Centre WA Department of Health (unpublished data) 2005;
(7) ACT assessment of new primary school entrants (Glasgow et al. 2003).

© Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2005