The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) brings together five leading non-government health organisations to prevent chronic disease in Australia.


Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, and the Stroke Foundation work together to collectively advocate for chronic disease prevention, integrated risk assessment and effective management of chronic disease risk. This includes:


  • Supporting the health system shift towards prevention

  • Creating supportive food and physical environments

  • Increasing risk assessment, early detection, and management of risk.

Chronic diseases are Australia’s greatest health challenge, and leading cause of illness, disability and death. However, much burden could be prevented by addressing modifiable risk factors and providing support to manage disease risk.


ACDPA focuses on risk factors where there has been limited progress, such as overweight & obesity, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. We have a supporting role for other major risk factors, such as tobacco, alcohol, high blood pressure, and mental ill health.

Chronic disease and COVID-19

It is important to keep managing chronic conditions during this time. Medical care is available for life-threatening emergencies and life-sustaining treatments. 

Our member helplines have specially trained staff to help answer questions about chronic diseases, vaccination and COVID-19.

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22 June 2021

Updating the absolute CVD risk guideline and algorithm

The 2012 guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk are being updated by ACDPA, with Heart Foundation leading the project.

Find out more about the update and key dates.

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19 April 2021

National Preventive Health Strategy

ACDPA strongly supports a new prevention strategy and increasing investment in prevention to 5% of the health budget. See our response to the public consultation.

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8 June 2021

Open letter from public health and consumer groups on food regulatory reform 

Public health and consumer organisations are calling for the Australian Government to prioritise health as they consider reforms to our food regulatory system. 

See open letter.

31 March 2021

Step by step - getting back on track after COVID-19

2020 brought a pandemic and new challenges for people with chronic conditions. Now, each step towards looking after our health is one step closer to getting back on track. Read article.

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13 May 2021

Media release - chronic condition multimorbidity

New AIHW analysis shows the devastating effects of living with two or more chronic conditions, prompting calls by health groups for Government commitment to tackle chronic disease. See media release.

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17 March 2021

The rising tide of chronic disease

We joined a panel discussion to consider opportunities & challenges for chronic disease management & prevention in primary care. Watch now or read the transcript here.