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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aspirations for the food system
Poor nutrition and obesity are leading causes of chronic disease. ACDPA recommends that public health should be a priority issue in the review of our food system. See our submission.