Chronic disease and COVID-19

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) understands that many people with chronic disease, and carers, may be concerned during this unusual time.

Many chronic conditions, like diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and cancer require ongoing treatment and care. This is vital to keep people well, both during COVID-19 and in the months and years that follow.


Other conditions like heart attack and stroke require immediate medical attention by calling an ambulance (000). 

You can still seek medical care to manage existing chronic conditions. Or make a new appointment for risk assessment and early detection if there are any concerns. 


And you are not alone. Regular and emergency care will still be available, including via telehealth (video and phone) consultations, and hospitals are planning ahead during this time. Life-sustaining care, like dialysis and transplant care will still be available.

All our members have helplines with specially trained staff on hand to answer any questions about COVID-19 and chronic conditions.

  • Kidney Helpline 1800 454 363

  • StrokeLine 1800 787 653

  • Cancer Council 13 11 20

  • Heart Foundation Helpline 13 11 12

  • Diabetes NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700

See the Government website for the latest updates on COVID-19 in Australia.

See our member websites for disease-specific information.

Kidney Health Australia 

Stroke Foundation

Cancer Council Australia

National Heart Foundation of Australia

Diabetes Australia

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