What is it?
Why is asthma a National Health Priority Area?
~ There were 37,000 hospitalisations in 2013-14 where asthma was the principal diagnosis
~ Asthma is more common in males aged 0-14 but females aged 15+
~ 34% of people reported asthma interferes with their daily life, and 21.8% of people aged 15-25 required time off work, school or study due to their asthma
~ From 2007-11 the mortality rate for asthma among Indigenous Australians was 2.3 times that of non-Indigenous Australians
Causes of asthma
Social: Cold air or changes in the weather
Local Support Agencies
~ Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
~ Asthma Australia
Health Promotion Strategies
More information can be found at twitter accounts such as @AsthmaNSW or @WorldAsthmaDay