New campaign calls for preventive action on chronic disease

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is proud to support a campaign launched today by the Mitchell Institute that provides a framework for preventive action in relation to chronic disease in Australia.

AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said her organisation was proud to be a foundation signatory of the campaign, which promotes a systematic and sustained approach to the issue through the development and implementation of interventions, targets and indicators.

“It is important that we take urgent action to reduce the incidence and impact of chronic diseases in this country,” Ms Verhoeven said.

“To do this, we need a set of core principles that provide a common platform for interventions to prevent chronic disease. This is why we support the Mitchell Institute and join it in calling for a national prevention agenda to combat underlying risk factors and determinants.

“From undertaking evidence-based action to tackling health inequality and health disparity, the campaign will help guide a national response to this issue, measure our progress towards agreed goals and ensure there is accountability.”

Ms Verhoeven said it would be nationally significant to reduce the incidence and impact of chronic disease.

“The importance of tackling the issue of chronic disease in Australia—and tackling it now—is paramount,” Ms Verhoeven said.

“As stated by the Mitchell Institute, this issue extends beyond the impact on the health of individuals to our children’s future, the wellbeing of the communities in which we live, and the economic prosperity of our society.”

The AHHA represents Australia’s largest group of health care providers in public hospitals, community and primary health sectors and advocates for universal high quality healthcare to benefit the whole community.

Media enquiries:

Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive, 0403 282 501