Chronic conditions initiatives and programs

A list of government initiatives and programs relating to chronic disease.

  • The Cardiovascular Health Mission will invest $220 million over 10 years to bring together researchers, health professionals, industry and patients to make transformative improvements in heart and vascular health and stroke for all Australians.

  • The Clinical Trials Activity initiative helps Australian researchers and patients test new treatments through national and international clinical trials.

  • The Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) program helps people and families who have problems with breaking down protein in their food. They need a special diet, and the IEM program helps them pay for their specialised food.

  • The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) helps people with diabetes to understand and manage their life with diabetes. It also provides timely, reliable and affordable access to the NDSS support services and products.

  • We fund the National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS) to help families meet the high costs of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) treatment. EB is a rare genetic disease that mostly affects children. It makes skin very fragile and prone to blisters. Special dressings are needed.

  • The QAAMS program provides rapid, on-site diabetes testing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Since its pilot at 45 sites in 1999, it has grown to about 180 sites across Australia.

  • The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve life expectancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by reducing tobacco use. Local organisations run activities designed to reduce smoking rates. Resources and tools are available to support these activities.

  • Targeted Translation Research Accelerator has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

Last updated: 
3 March 2020

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