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Together we advocate for the long-term health and wellbeing of Australians by providing a powerful voice for those ​living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. 

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) brings together Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, Heart Foundation, Kidney Health Australia, Stroke Foundation, and Lung Foundation Australia.

Our advocacy is informed by the lived experiences of the chronic disease community and we draw on powerful evidence to improve outcomes and reduce the burden of chronic disease. 

Advocacy priorities:

  1. Increase investment in prevention to reduce chronic disease risk factors.​

  2. Promote health checks and screening to support management of risk and early detection.​

  3. Champion equity in access to treatment, support and secondary prevention to improve health outcomes.

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of disability and death in Australia. However, nearly 40% of disease burden could be prevented by addressing modifiable risk factors, as well as providing support to manage disease risk.


ACDPA focuses primarily 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.

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Looking for tips to improve your health and reduce risk factors?

More than one-third of chronic disease burden could be prevented by changing habits and creating healthier environments.

We have compiled some tips and tools to boost health and save money.

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Investing in prevention a key to health for all

UHC aims to ensure everyone has access to quality health services without financial hardship. Prevention should be on the agenda when reviewing progress and charting pathways to health for all. More

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7 September 2022

National action plans deserve action

Many National action plans and strategies have been developed over the past few years, but they urgently need government commitment to action and investment to drive change. See our article in Croakey.

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ACDPA welcomes new Executive Officer

Lucy Westerman has joined ACDPA as its new Executive Officer, saying it's time to join forces and up our game on chronic disease prevention so that Australians can enjoy better health for longer. Read More

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8 Aug 2022

Food regulation system must prioritise public health

Our response to the Food Regulation system's recent consultation outlines the need to prioritise public health and actions to counter the impact of unhealthy diets on overweight and obesity and chronic diseases. See our submissions.

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17 October 2022

Welcome to Lung Foundation Australia

We are excited to welcome Lung Foundation Australia as a new member of ACDPA. Lung disease is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and many people live with multiple chronic diseases. More here.

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7 July 2022

New AIHW report on Australia's Health 2022 

A new AIHW report shows that chronic diseases have a major impact on our health in the wake of COVID-19. 

In our response, we call for the Government to invest in the National Prevention Strategy for our future health. Read here.

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