Respiratory Health

Respiratory diseases are conditions that affect the airways, including the lungs and the passages that carry air from the mouth and nose to the lungs [40777]. Common conditions include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia [42101][44297]. People who experience respiratory disease may have symptoms of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a cough [42101].

Nearly one-third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a respiratory condition; with Asthma and COPD contributing to the highest burden of disease. Over the years, rates of mortality caused by respiratory disease have been decreasing among Aboriginal people [44720]. Culturally appropriate communication and health services are essential to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel comfortable to participate in the prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases [42101].

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