National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions

The National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions (the Framework) will provide a national approach to guide planning, design and delivery of policies, strategies, actions and services to reduce the impact of chronic conditions in Australia. The Framework will supersede the National Chronic Disease Strategy 2005.

Page last updated: 01 July 2016

Development of the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions

Who is developing the Framework?

The Framework is being developed in partnership with states and territories, under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). The project is being led by the Australian Government Department of Health.

What is the Framework?

The Framework is an opportunity to consider current approaches relating to chronic conditions. It moves away from a disease-specific approach and provides national direction applicable to a broad range of chronic conditions by recognising that there are often similar underlying principles for the prevention and management of many chronic conditions. The Framework will better cater for shared health determinants, risk factors and multimorbidites across a broad range of chronic conditions.

What consultation has taken place to inform the development of the Framework?

Consultation has been undertaken at a variety of levels to inform the development of the Framework. Stakeholders have included representatives from the states and territories, relevant peak bodies, key stakeholders, clinical experts, health professionals, academics and consumer representatives.

Jurisdictional Working Group

A Jurisdictional Working Group has been established under the Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee of the AHMAC, to work with the Commonwealth throughout this project. This group includes representatives from each state and territory, as well as representatives from New Zealand and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee.

Expert advice

Advice from a range of experts has been sought throughout the development of the Framework, in particular relating to chronic conditions and their risk factors, and on the outcomes and indicators for measurable objectives.

Stakeholder Engagement

A Roundtable Workshop was held on 10 June 2015 to discuss the scope of the Framework. This was followed by National Targeted Consultations on a first draft Framework which occurred between September and November 2015. During the National Targeted Consultations, a total of thirteen half day workshops were held in nine locations across Australia.

During mid-2016, an Online Public Consultation was conducted to seek stakeholder and community feedback on a second draft of the Framework. The Online Public Consultation commenced on Thursday 12 May 2016 and closed on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Stakeholders included representatives from the states and territories, relevant peak bodies, key stakeholders, clinical experts, health professionals, academics and consumer representatives.

How does the Framework relate to ongoing national health reforms?

Throughout the development of the Framework, considerable change has been underway through ongoing national health reforms that will significantly affect the health system. In particular, recent landmark reforms include the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Pharmacy Agreement. Other complementary reforms to deliver a more sustainable, person-centred health system include: the establishment of Primary Health Networks; the redevelopment of the My Health Record; the Healthier Medicare initiative; implementation of the broad ranging recommendations of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review; reforms to improve aged care services as well as the National Medical Training Advisory Network project.

To ensure the Framework aligns with this work, feedback has been sought from relevant areas within the Department, the Jurisdictional Working Group, experts and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Framework will support a range of health reform activities that consider how to best provide coordinated and multidisciplinary care to improve the prevention and management of chronic conditions in Australia.

When will the Framework be released?

Once developed, the Framework will be progressed through the AHMAC process before publication and dissemination. It is expected that the Framework will be completed in late 2016.

National Chronic Disease Strategy

In 2005, a National Chronic Disease Strategy, a blueprint for a national surveillance system and National Service Improvement Frameworks were developed to encourage coordinated action in response to the growing impact of chronic disease.

The National Chronic Disease Strategy 2005 provides national direction for improving chronic disease prevention and care across Australia.

The strategy is a nationally agreed agenda to encourage coordinated action in response to the growing impact of chronic disease on the health of Australians and the health care system.

The National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions will supersede the National Chronic Disease Strategy 2005.