Over six million Australians endure allergies, colds and flu without using medication

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 11-Feb-20

The latest health and wellbeing data from Roy Morgan shows that 67.6% of Australians aged 14+ (more than 14 million people) experience allergies/cold and flu in an average 12 months. This comprises 64.1% of men and 70.9% of women. The 14-17 age group has the highest proportion of sufferers (75.3%), followed by 35-49 (72.8%), 18-34 (72.5%) before a gap to older Australians aged 50-64 (65.1%) and 65+ (53.9%). The data also shows that 57.0% of Australians are now taking medication to alleviate these conditions, compared with 47.4% in 2012. The findings are drawn from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, compiled from in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 1,000 Australians each week in their homes.

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Number of Australians taking cold, flu and allergy medication up by almost 3 million in a decade

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 29-Jan-20

New health and wellbeing data from Roy Morgan shows that while the rate of Australians’ overall medication consumption has risen only slightly compared to a decade ago, the use of allergy, antihistamine, and cold and flu drugs has leapt up. The proportion of Australians aged 14+ who reported taking any form of medication in a 12-month period rose from 88.4% (15.6 million) in 2009 to 89.1% (18.4 million) in 2019. A higher proportion of women than men take medication, but men experienced a slightly larger increase in use over the last decade (up 0.8% points to 84.9%) compared to women (up 0.5% points to 92.3%). The taking of medication is also highly correlated to age, with use highest amongst Australians aged 65+ (95.4%), 50-64 (93.9%) and 35-49 (91.4%). The taking of medication drops significantly down to 82.6% for those aged 25-34 and 79.6% for those under 25. The findings are taken from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, compiled by in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 1,000 Australians each week in their homes.

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Almost 9-in-10 Australians take medication of some kind

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-May-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that 17.8 million (88.7%) of Australians aged 14+ take medication in an average 12-month period. Some 9.4 million women (or 92.6%) took medications in the year to December 2017, compared to just under 8.4 million men (84.8%). The most widely taken medications are General medications such as aspirin, taken by 77.3% of Australians. This is followed by Allergies/Antihistamine/Cold & flu medications (42.9%), Vitamins/Supplements (42.5%) and Digestive system medications (26.4%). Women are more likely to take almost all types of medications than men with the exception of Heart & circulation medication (taken by 19.6% of men compared to 18.6% of women).

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