Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
Indigenous Statistics for Schools
 



 Indigenous Health HEALTH

Long-Term Health Conditions

Asthma
Around 15% of Indigenous persons reported having asthma in the NATSIHS survey. After adjusting for age differences between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous people were 1.6 times more likely to report asthma as a long term health condition.

Within the Indigenous population, asthma was reported almost twice as often in non-remote areas (17%) than remote areas (9%).

Overall, the prevalence of asthma in the Indigenous population increased with age, in contrast to the non-Indigenous population, which generally showed a lower prevalence of asthma in the older age groups. For both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, the lowest occurrence of asthma was reported in people aged between 3544 years.


Prevalence of Asthma, by Indigenous status and age, 200405
Indigenous
Non-Indigenous
Age group (years)
%
%
0–14
14
11
15–24
15
13
25–34
16
11
35–44
12
9
45–54
19
9
55 and over
19
9
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).


Prevalence of Asthma, by Indigenous status and age, 200405

Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).


Further Information: See National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Heart and Circulatory Disease
  • Summary of Health Conditions
  • Glossary
  • Back to ISS Health entry page

  • Commonwealth of Australia 2008

    Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.