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The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) provides an independent voice addressing key risk factors of chronic disease and advocating for policy that recognises the value of prevention. Our membership is underpinned by shared risk factors for chronic diseases, including overweight and obesity, unhealthy eating, and physical inactivity.

Cancer Council Australia
Diabetes Australia
National Heart Foundation of Australia

Kidney Health Australia
Stroke Foundation


ACDPA is guided by a Steering Committee, which comprises the Chief Executive Officer from each member organisation and Executive Officer. The Chair rotates among member organisations.

  • Sharon McGowan (Chair) – Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation

  • Tanya Buchanan – Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia

  • Greg Johnson – Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes Australia

  • John Kelly AM – Chief Executive Officer, National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • Chris Forbes - Chief Executive Officer, Kidney Health Australia

  • Taryn Black  National Policy and Program Director, Diabetes Australia

  • Duncan Bremner - General Manager Advocacy, National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • Liam Ferney – Media & Policy, Diabetes Australia

  • Clare Hughes - Nutrition Program Manager, Cancer Council New South Wales

  • Alexander Clark - National Manager Public Affairs & Media, Stroke Foundation

  • Julie Anne Mitchell – Director Health Strategy, National Heart Foundation of Australia
  • Prema Thavaneswaran - Policy & Advocacy, Stroke Foundation

  • Megan Varlow – Director Cancer Control Policy, Cancer Council Australia

  • Emma Lonsdale – Executive Officer, Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

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NCD Alliance

The NCD Alliance brings together a global network of more than 2,000 organisations in 170 countries to elevating chronic diseases (noncommunicable diseases or NCDs) onto the global health and development agenda.

Find out about ACDPA's history