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Submissions

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) develops submissions to government inquiries, public and targeted consultations.

2019

Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages

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.

Review - Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive

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.

Mental health inquiry - Productivity Commission

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.

National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People

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. 

Health Star Rating - five year review

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.

MBS Review Taskforce - General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee: Phase 2 report

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.

2018

AIHW potentially preventable hospitalisations indicator for general practice

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.

National Men's Health Strategy

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.

National Women's Health Strategy

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.

Voluntary food reformulation targets

ACDPA strongly supports food reformulation as a public health measure and recommends setting stronger targets to reduce saturated fat, salt and sugar in foods.

Added sugars labelling

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. 

Medical Research Future Fund Priorities 2018-20

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.

Senate Select Committee inquiry into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia

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.

Review of fast food menu labelling schemes

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.

National Alcohol Strategy

ACDPA supports the development of a much-needed National Alcohol Strategy, including cost-effective interventions from the World Health Organization’s “Best Buys".

2017

World Health Organization Global Action Plan on Physical Activity

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.

Health Star Rating 5-year review

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.

National Sports Plan consultation

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.

 

The form of the food (as prepared) rules for the Health Star Rating system

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.

2016

Productivity Commission Inquiry on Data Availability and Use

This submission focuses on the availability and accessibility of high quality data on chronic disease and associated risk factors.

National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions

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.

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