Cystic fibrosis in Australia, 2009: results from a data registry

Med J Aust. 2011 Oct 3;195(7):396-400. doi: 10.5694/mja11.10719.


Objectives: To describe the demographics, clinical features and outcomes among people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Australia and to estimate incidence of the disease.

Design and setting: Cross-sectional analysis using data from the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Data Registry for 2009.

Main outcome measures: Numbers of diagnoses, pulmonary and anthropometric measurements, microbiological culture results, rates of hospitalisation and transplantation, and numbers of medical complications and deaths.

Results: In 2009, data were submitted on 2986 people (48% female). Median age was 17.6 years and 49% of people were aged 18 years or over. Seventy-eight people were newly diagnosed. Fourteen people died and 14 people underwent lung transplantation in the year. Lung function and nutrition were relatively normal among children but deteriorated (more rapidly) among adolescents. With increasing age, progressive respiratory disease was apparent, and the frequency of CF-related complications and use of health care resources increased. In all age groups, there was a wide range in severity of lung disease and nutritional status.

Conclusions: CF remains a progressive respiratory disease and is associated with multisystem complications. The acceleration in disease severity in adolescence and early adulthood suggests that better treatment at these stages is required to further improve survival.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cystic Fibrosis / diagnosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis / epidemiology*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Registries*
  • Survival Rate
  • Young Adult