Chronic conditions

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.

Learn about chronic conditions

Find out what chronic conditions are and where to find more information about them.

Take action on your risk factors

You can take action to prevent, manage or treat chronic conditions. Find out how.

See our chronic conditions initiatives

Our initiatives can help you prevent or manage chronic conditions in your life.

Find out what we’re doing about chronic conditions

We support activities dealing with many types of chronic conditions.

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.

Read the framework

In Australia, 8 common chronic conditions contribute to

61%

of the burden of disease

37%

of hospitalisations

87%

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.

Latest resources

Latest resources

Life Saving Drugs Program – Change of treating physician form

Use this form to help transition a patient’s care to a new physician, where there are no other changes to their treatment or eligibility for the Life Saving Drugs Program (LDSP).
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Using the bowel screening home test kit

Bowel screening can save your life. Find out how to do the test when you receive your screening kit in the mail.

Life Saving Drugs Program – Fabry disease – Initial application

Treating physicians use this application form to apply for a patient to access LSDP medication for Fabry disease for the first time, or after a break.

Procedure guidance for medicines funded through the Life Saving Drugs Program (LSDP)

This guidance document outlines our process and associated timelines to consider medicines seeking funding through the LSDP. It helps sponsors to prepare an application to make an ultra-rare disease medicine available on the LSDP.