About us

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 long-term conditions that have an enormous impact on individuals, families, communities, health systems and the economy. 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, accounting for around 90% of all deathsOne in two Australians have a chronic disease and one in five have multiple conditions. See the AIHW Australia's Health 2020 report for more detail.


However, much chronic disease is preventable. Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity are common modifiable risk factors. Nearly 40% of Australia's chronic disease burden could be prevented by reducing modifiable risk factors.


Globally, the World Health Organization estimates at least 80% of premature heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and over 40% of cancer could be prevented. 

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