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Chronic conditions in Australia

Chronic conditions range from minor conditions (e.g. short sightedness and minor hearing loss) to debilitating and restrictive complaints (e.g. musculoskeletal conditions) to potentially life‑threatening illnesses (e.g. cancer and coronary heart disease).

People with chronic conditions can die prematurely, have poorer quality of life and often have complex health needs.

Common chronic conditions include:

 In 2017-18, the National Health Survey indicated that just under half (47.3%) of all Australians have one or more chronic conditions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience much greater mortality and burden from chronic conditions than non-Indigenous Australians.

What we’re doing about chronic conditions

We develop programs and policies to support the prevention, management and care of chronic conditions. These include: