New report into asthma facts
Asthma prevalence in Australia is one of the highest in the world, with 2.5 million Australians reporting to have asthma. Asthma costs Australia $28 billion per year.
Despite this, a surprising number of people are not aware that it is a long-term illness. Neither do many people realise that asthma can lead to death, and that preventive treatment is the gold standard.
Asthma Australia used Asthma Week in September to try to clarify the facts around asthma and strive to make more Australians aware of the role they can play in improving the lives of people they care about.
Asthma Australia commissioned a report through the YouGov Omnibus platform and received responses from 1,012 Australians from a range of demographic and geographic profiles.
Called Busting Asthma Myths, the report aims to generate greater attention from across the community to the needs of people with asthma.
The five facts presented in Busting Asthma Myths are that in one way or another, asthma impacts most Australians; that it is a long-term disease; that it is life-threatening; that its triggers are varied; and that using a preventer every day is the best way to reduce symptoms and flare ups.
The full report can be found by following the links on Asthma Australia’s website https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/act/home