Chronic diseases prevention for Australia: Statement of commitment

We call for, and are active contributors towards, a systemic and sustained approach to the prevention and management of chronic diseases in Australia.

Core principles

Action is required urgently to reduce the incidence and impact of chronic diseases, and must address the underlying risk factors and determinants. There is a critical need for a national prevention agenda.

We support a set of core principles that provide a common platform for interventions to prevent chronic diseases:

  1. A systemic approach — focussing on common risk factors and determinants.
  2. Evidence-based action — acting now, using best available evidence, and continuing to build evidence.
  3. Tackling health inequity and health disparity — working to improve and redress inequities and disparities in access to programs, services and inequities in outcomes.
  4. A national agenda with local action — building commitment and innovation with local and community-level actions.
  5. A life course approach — intervening early and exploiting prevention opportunities at all ages and across generations.
  6. Shared responsibility — encouraging complementary actions by all groups.
  7. Responsible partnerships — avoiding ceding policy influence to vested interests.

We propose the development and implementation of chronic disease targets and indicators as important elements of accountability for prevention. Monitoring and public reporting on the targets and indicators will support the successful implementation of preventive interventions.

The benefits of reducing the incidence and impact of chronic diseases are nationally significant. They extend beyond the impact on the health of individuals to our children’s future, the wellbeing of the communities in which we live, and the economic prosperity of our society.


  • Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
  • Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society
  • Australian Centre for Health Research
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Disease Management Association
  • Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
  • Australian Health Care Reform Alliance
  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
  • Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Women’s Health Network
  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Better Health Plan for the West
  • Brimbank City Council
  • Cabrini Institute
  • Cancer Council Australia
  • Catholic Health Australia
  • Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney
  • Chronic Illness Alliance
  • Caring & Living As Neighbours
  • Cohealth
  • Confederation of Australian Sport
  • CRANAplus
  • Deakin University
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
  • George Institute for Global Health
  • Health West Partnership
  • Inner North West Primary Care Partnership
  • Jean Hailes for Women’s Health
  • Kidney Health Australia
  • Lowitja Institute
  • Mental Health Australia
  • MOVE Muscle, Bone & Joint Health
  • National Heart Foundation
  • National Rural Health Alliance
  • National Stroke Foundation
  • Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies
  • Networking Health Victoria
  • Obesity Australia
  • Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis
  • People’s Health Movement OZ
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame
  • School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University
  • Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
  • Social Determinants of Health Alliance
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Suicide Prevention Australia
  • The Telethon Kids Institute
  • Victoria University
  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • YMCA