Conducted 2014

An online survey, carried out from May to July 2014, collected data on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12 to 25 living with asthma as part of a wider, ongoing project to evaluate the effectiveness of National Young People with Asthma Survey (NYPAS).

A total of 533 eligible young people with asthma responded to the survey.

Key points:

  • People with asthma face a variety of challenges to their health and wellbeing. They also have a lower quality of life than people without asthma
  • The health and wellbeing of young people aged 12-25 with asthma has been found to be poorer than that of both their peers without asthma and people with asthma of other ages
  • Almost all participants (90.5%) had experienced shortness of breath at least once or twice a week in the past four weeks.
  • Many of the participants reported experiencing regular symptoms which impacted on their sleep. Of all respondents, 70.9% reported waking up at night or earlier than usual in the morning due to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain
  • 56.1% reported that asthma hindered their enjoyment of life
  • It is clear from participants’ responses to the Asthma Control Score items that overall, their asthma is not well controlled.
  • Just under half of all participants have a written Asthma Action Plan, with 37.7% having used this plan.
  • Asthma had a measureable impact on young people’s attendance at school, University, TAFE and/or work. 41.8% had not attended these activities due to their asthma in the last twelve months.

Top three reasons for not taking asthma medications daily

  1. I don’t think I need to, because I feel well 137 (25.7%)
  2. The doctor didn’t tell me to take it every day 64 (12%)
  3. I forget to take it 59 (11.1%)

View full survey report here