Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA)

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) brings together five leading non-government health organisations to prevent chronic disease in Australia.

Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, and the Stroke Foundation work together to collectively advocate for prevention, integrated risk assessment, early detection and effective management of chronic disease risk.

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About Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA)

Chronic diseases are Australia’s greatest health challenge, and leading cause of illness, disability and death. However, much burden could be prevented by addressing modifiable risk factors and providing support to manage disease risk.

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) was formed in 2001 with support from the Australian Government to develop policy recommendations and combine its members’ capacity to reduce the impact of chronic disease in Australia. In 2005, ACDPA became entirely self-funded, strengthening its advocacy as an independent voice for policy reform. Together, the diseases represented by member organisations form a large proportion of Australia's chronic disease burden. Jointly addressing shared modifiable risk factors has the potential to greatly reduce the impact of chronic disease in Australia.

Over the past 15 years, ACDPA has worked with government, public health groups and other stakeholders to promote evidence-based measures and initiatives to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and decrease overweight and obesity.

ACDPA continues to provide an independent voice addressing key risk factors of chronic disease and advocating for policy that recognises the value of prevention.

ACDPA's work on NCDs in Australia

ACDPA develops evidence-based policy position statements and submissions that call for healthier food and physical environments and a health system that promotes absolute risk assessment, early detection and provides support for patients and health professionals to manage risk.

At the heart of our work are the people affected by serious chronic conditions. The five non-government organisations in ACDPA represent, and are informed by, the lived experiences of people affected by cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Through prevention, we strive to reduce the social and financial burden on individuals and the community and reduce the impact on the health system.

Public health requires long-term vision and a multifactorial approach to reduce risk factors, and ultimately, chronic disease. In the past three years, ACDPA has been making an impact through: letters and meetings with government, submissions and position statements highlighting ACDPA recommendations on evidence-based policies, community awareness, stakeholder engagement and policy input, and representation on significant government committees to shape national health policy.


ACDPA c/o Cancer Council Australia; GPO Box 4708
Sydney 2001 NSW