Asthma in Indigenous Australians: so much yet to do for Indigenous lung health

Asthma in Indigenous Australians: so much yet to do for Indigenous lung health Journal Article

Medical Journal of Australia

  • Author(s): Jenkins, C., Chang, A., Poulos, L., Marks, G.
  • Published: 2009
  • Volume: 190

Abstract: Indigenous Australians die of asthma at more than three times the rate of the rest of the nation The recently released Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) report Asthma in Australia 2008 focuses attention on several important and novel findings about asthma among Indigenous Australians (see Box).1 This is the third report in the 2-yearly series from ACAM, and brings together analyses of routinely collected national data, including data from Australian Bureau of Statistics national health surveys, and current information from published articles. Asthma is clearly identified in the report as a prevalent health problem in the Indigenous population. It is one of the two most common causes of hospitalisation of Indigenous Australians, second only to renal dialysis.2 It is also the second most common self-reported long-term illness among Indigenous Australians, and the mortality rate due to asthma among Indigenous Australians is 3.2 times that of other Australians.1 However, in contrast to the attention given to other medical conditions over-represented among Indigenous Australians, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus, disproportionately little attention is given to respiratory disease, including asthma.

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Jenkins, C., Chang, A., Poulos, L., Marks, G., 2009, Asthma in Indigenous Australians: so much yet to do for Indigenous lung health, Volume:190, Journal Article, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3845.

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