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Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

Date posted: 16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease. 

The open letter signatories, including Aboriginal leader, June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.

The Prevention 1st alliance comprises the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), Alzheimer's Australia and the Consumer's Health Forum of Australia (CHF). 

Dealing with chronic disease comes at an estimated $27 billion cost to Australia and accounts for 36% of the national health budget. A third of all chronic disease can be traced back to four modifiable risk factors: alcohol and tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition. The Prevention 1st election platform calls for action in addressing these known risk factors. 

Source: NACCHO communique

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Last updated: 27 June 2016
 
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