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.

Public consultation to update our national framework

Public consultation is now open on the refresh of the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions. The consultation is open to all members of the public, including healthcare professionals, researchers, relevant organisations, different levels of governments, and people living with chronic conditions and their families and carers.

You have until 3 pm (AEST), Monday 29 April 2024 to have your say.

Have your say in our consultation

In Australia, 10 common chronic conditions contribute to


of the burden of disease


of hospitalisations


of deaths

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2023) Chronic conditions and multimorbidity, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 25 January 2024.

The 10 conditions are arthritis, asthma, back problems, cancer, chronic kidney disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, mental and behavioural conditions, osteoporosis or osteopenia, and selected heart, stroke and vascular diseases (based on underlying or associated causes of death).