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The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) works together to raise awareness of the enormous burden of chronic disease in Australia and highlight opportunities to create healthier food and physical environments to reduce risk factors. We also work to increase risk assessment, early detection and management of chronic disease risk.

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11 October 2021

Prevention & primary care research

ACDPA's response to the public consultation on the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Strategy and Priorities supports investment in public health and primary care research and translation into practice. Read here.

22 June 2021

Updating the absolute cardiovascular disease risk guidelines & algorithm

The 2012 Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk are being updated by ACDPA, with Heart Foundation leading the project.

Find out more about the update and key dates.

13 May 2021

Media release - chronic condition multimorbidity

New AIHW analysis shows the devastating effects of living with two or more chronic conditions, prompting calls by health groups for Government commitment to tackle chronic disease. See media release.

17 March 2021

The rising tide of chronic disease

We joined a panel discussion to consider opportunities & challenges for chronic disease management & prevention in primary care. Watch now or read the transcript here.

18 December 2020

Australia - the healthy country?

A decade ago, the Australian Government released a roadmap for prevention. At the end of 2020, it is worth asking “how healthy are we?”

See our article in Rural Health Alliance's online magazine.

10 October 2020

World Mental Health Day - a timely reminder to check physical and mental health

ACDPA and Equally Well Alliance are urging people to reconnect with their healthcare teams to keep track of physical and mental health. Read media release.

10 August 2020

Poor diet still a leading cause of disease

New AIHW analyses on the leading cause of chronic disease burden, including tobacco, obesity and unhealthy diets. Read more.

17 May 2020

Prevention - turning hindsight into foresight

Prevention is often overlooked and undervalued. But COVID-19 has brought prevention squarely back into the spotlight. ACDPA Chair Sharon McGowan authored a recent article on prevention in the Consumers Health Forum e-journal Health Voices.

6-12 September 2021

Global Week for Action on NCDs

Global Week for Action on NCDs - or chronic disease as we call them in Australia - is a chance for the chronic disease community to make your voice heard and demand action to prevent, treat and manage chronic disease. 

8 June 2021

Open letter from public health and consumer groups on food regulatory reform 

Public health and consumer organisations are calling for the Australian Government to prioritise the health of Australians and New Zealanders as they consider reforms to our food regulatory system.

See open letter.

19 April 2021

ACDPA response to the draft National Preventive Health Strategy

ACDPA strongly supports the draft National Preventive Health Strategy and its commitment to increase investment in prevention. We also think it should focus more on chronic disease risk assessment and early detection. See our response.

4 March 2021

World Obesity Day 2021

We joined a great line-up of speakers for World Obesity Day 2021 to talk about chronic disease riskIf you missed it, the recordings are now available online.

19 November 2020

Learning from lived experiences of chronic disease during COVID-19

The views, voices and experiences of people with lived experience of disease should be at the heart of health system reform after COVID-19. Read our article in the Consumers Health Forum e-journal.

28 September 2020

ACDPA response to National Prevention Strategy

ACDPA's response to the National Prevention Strategy highlights the importance of risk assessment and early detection. Read submission.

23 July 2020

Chronic disease risk factors are a ticking time bomb

Australians are being urged not to ignore their long-term risk of chronic disease during COVID-19, as a new report highlights overweight and obesity as a major risk factor affecting two in three Australian adults. See media release.

7 April 2020

World Health Day 2020. Thank you!

World Health Day offers a timely reminder to say thank you to our health workers. 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and right now we are reminded that nurses are critical to keep the health system running and provide the necessary support for patients. Read blog.

27 July 2021

Primary Care Reform

ACDPA supports the suite of recommendations to shift primary care towards an integrated, person-centred approach that supports health and wellbeing. Read our submission here.

27 May 2021

Women's Health Summit panel

Thanks to RANZCOG for including us in the Women's Health Summit at Parliament House. It was a good opportunity to highlight how chronic conditions affect women and the importance of health checks to support early detection. 

31 March 2021

Step by step - getting chronic conditions back on track after COVID-19

2020 brought a pandemic and new challenges for people with chronic conditions. Now, each step towards looking after our health is one step closer to getting back on track. Read article.

22 January 2021

Aspirations for the food system

Poor nutrition and obesity are leading causes of chronic disease. ACDPA recommends that public health should be a priority issue in the review of our food system. See our submission.

16 November 2020

Review of FSANZ Act is a chance for greater public health protection

ACDPA supports a broader definition of 'public health protection' in the Food Standards Act to address the long-term effects of unhealthy diets and improve population health. Read submission.

16 September 2020

COVID-19 demonstrates the value of prevention & early detection

Our experience with COVID-19 makes a strong case for prevention and early detection. ACDPA Executive Officer writes in Croakey News about what we can learn for chronic disease prevention.

21 July 2020

A big win and some small steps for labelling

Food Ministers recently agreed to new pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic drinks. This is a huge win after years of advocacy. At the same time, Ministers agreed on changes to the Health Star Rating system with improvements to governance but not enough to address sugar and salt in the calculator. Read more.

9 April 2020

Don't wait until it is too late

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) is concerned some people are overlooking their existing chronic conditions and even failing to call triple zero (000) for an ambulance in an immediate life-threatening emergency. Read more.