Chronic conditions are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia. Common chronic conditions include cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Find out what we’re doing to prevent and manage chronic conditions in Australia.
National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions
This framework is the overarching policy document for chronic conditions. It sets the directions and outcomes to help Australians live healthier lives through effective prevention and management of chronic conditions.
In Australia, 8 common chronic conditions contribute to
of the burden of disease
of deaths (based on underlying or associated causes of death)
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia's Health 2018, section 3.3, page 3. The 8 conditions are arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and mental health conditions.