Asthma deaths in children double

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data recorded 17 deaths in 2009–10 among children aged younger than 15 years.

This compared to seven deaths among the same age group in 2005–06.

“This is the first time we have seen an increase in asthma-related deaths among children – it’s deeply concerning and should be a major wake-up call for parents,” said National Asthma Council Australia chair Dr Noela Whitby.

Dr Jonathan Burdon, a respiratory physician and a director of the National Asthma Council Australia, is worried that parents of children who have asthma