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. 

 

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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. 

Key statistics

Cancer

One in two Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In 2020, it was estimated that there would be nearly 150,000 new cancer cases diagnosed and just under 50,000 deaths from cancer. However, one in three cancers could be prevented by addressing modifiable risk factors, including smoking, UV radiation, body weight, poor diet and alcohol.

Kidney disease

One in three Australians have risk factors for chronic kidney disease and around 1.5 million Australians are unaware they are living with signs of kidney disease. Up to 90 percent of kidney function can be lost before any symptoms are experienced, hence why screening and early detection are important. Chronic kidney disease costs the economy more than $5 billion per year.

Heart disease

Coronary heart disease is the leading single cause of death in Australia and costs the health system more than $2.2 billion each year. More than 1.4 million Australians are at high risk of having a heart event in the next five years, yet only 30% are receiving guideline-recommended treatment.

Stroke

One in four people will experience a stroke in their lifetime, yet more than 80 percent of strokes could be prevented.

The estimated economic cost of stroke in Australia exceeded $6.2 billion in 2020.

Diabetes

Around 500,000 people are living with silent undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Around 2 million Australians have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There is strong evidence that early detection of prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance) and targeted programs can prevent the progression to type 2 diabetes in up to 60 percent of cases.

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