The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) develops submissions to government inquiries, public and targeted consultations.
ACDPA strongly supports mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages to provide information to consumers on the potential risks of alcohol during pregnancy and to remind women not to drink while pregnant.
ACDPA supports the provision of a Health Check (MBS item 715), including cancer screening and the assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk, diabetes and kidney disease as core components, in line with screening programs and national guidelines.
People with a mental illness are at an unacceptably higher risk of chronic disease compared to the general population. Together, ACDPA and Quit recommend addressing risk factors to prevent the development of chronic disease in people with a mental illness.
ACDPA supports the development of this Action Plan. This could be further strengthened through clearer targets, as well as designated responsibilities, implementation detail and timeframes.
ACDPA supports a range of recommendations to the Health Star Rating system and algorithm to improve its accuracy and enable consumers to make informed healthier choices.
ACDPA recommends an Integrated Health Check for vascular diseases, including heart disease,
stroke, type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. These diseases share common risk factors
and often common therapeutic approaches, and also interact to increase risk.
ACDPA supports the proposed definition of potentially preventable hospitalisation to capture hospitalisations that may have been avoidable through general practice activity, such as screening for chronic diseases and management of chronic disease risk factors.
ACDPA welcomes the focus on prevention and suggests a greater focus on early detection and management of risk. Investment in prevention and early intervention provides a cost-effective avenue to improve health and reduce long-term costs.
ACDPA welcomes the focus on priority populations, recognising the need to address the disparities in risk factors and health outcomes across populations. We support the focus on prevention and recommend a greater focus on early assessment and management of disease risk.
ACDPA strongly supports food reformulation as a public health measure and recommends setting stronger targets to reduce saturated fat, salt and sugar in foods.
ACDPA recommends that added sugars labelling be improved through mandatory changes to the ingredients list to group added sugars together and quantifying added sugars in the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) to enable informed choices on sugars intake.
ACDPA recommends that, given the burden of chronic disease and prevalence of modifiable risk factors, the 2018-20 MRFF priorities should continue to support initiatives that prioritise prevention of chronic diseases and related risk factors at the population level.
ACDPA recommends that a national obesity strategy be prioritised to reduce the impact of childhood and adult obesity in Australia, including other initiatives recommended in the Tipping the Scales consensus report to improve food and physical environments.
ACDPA recommends increasing consistency in fast food menu labelling legislation for a nationally consistent approach, in order to maximise the reach and impact of nutrition labelling, and support consumers to make informed healthier choices.
ACDPA supports the development of a much-needed National Alcohol Strategy, including cost-effective interventions from the World Health Organization’s “Best Buys".
ACDPA strongly supports the development of the global action plan on physical activity to demonstrate leadership and provide an opportunity to generate political interest in physical activity on an international scale.
ACDPA is supportive of front-of-pack interpretive labelling to encourage healthier food choices. ACDPA recommends making the Health Star Rating system mandatory at the five-year review; incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into the system; adapting the algorithm to ensure the system's credibility; and continued consumer education campaigns to improve awareness and uptake.
ACDPA supports the inclusion of Prevention through physical activity as a key pillar of the National Sports Plan. However, physical activity encompasses much more than participation in organised sports and ACDPA encourages the government to develop a funded National Physical Activity Plan in tandem with the National Sports Plan.
ACDPA supports amendments to the ‘as prepared’ rules, with ratings based on products as sold as the default, and rehydrated or drained if required for consumption, with no exemptions.
This submission focuses on the availability and accessibility of high quality data on chronic disease and associated risk factors.
The strength of the draft Framework is its recognition that improved prevention and management of chronic disease, and coordinated approaches to improved health outcomes, are the biggest challenge facing Australia’s health system. The Framework could be strengthened by setting measurable outcomes to help ensure governments and other identified Players are able to monitor its progress and evaluate its effectiveness.