The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) brings together Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, and the Stroke Foundation to provide an independent voice addressing shared modifiable risk factors for chronic disease.
In early 2019, the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) merged with the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance for a joint focus on risk assessment, management of risk factors and early detection. All activities and publications related to the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance are incorporated into and continue under ACDPA.
What is chronic disease?
Chronic diseases are generally long lasting conditions with persistent effects. These include cancer, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability, and death in Australia, and accounted for around 90% of all deaths in 2011 (1). One in two Australians have a chronic disease and almost one quarter have at least two conditions (2).
However, much chronic disease is actually preventable. Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity are common modifiable risk factors. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that around one third of total disease burden could be prevented by reducing modifiable risk factors. Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that at least 80% of premature heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and over 40% of cancer could be prevented.
Find out about ACDPA membership
1. AIHW 2014. Australia’s health 2014. Australia’s health series no. 14. Cat. no. AUS 178. Canberra: AIHW.
2. AIHW 2016. Australia’s health 2016. Australia’s health series no. 15. Cat. no. AUS 199. Canberra: AIHW.