ACT Preventive Health Plan

We want Canberrans to enjoy the highest standards of health at every stage of life and to take part in the opportunities our city has to offer.

The Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020–2025 sets the foundations for achieving this goal.

The plan outlines five areas we’re focusing on to achieve this 

  • supporting children and families 
  • enabling active living 
  • increasing healthy eating 
  • reducing risky behaviours 
  • promoting healthy ageing 

A prevention focus

An important focus of the Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020–2025 is the prevention of chronic disease. As a population, we have one of the highest life expectancies in the world. But while we are living longer, we are also living with a greater burden of chronic illness. 

Approximately half of all adults in the ACT live with a long-term health condition

In 2017–18, almost half of all adults, (48.7 per cent) in the ACT had at least one of the following chronic diseases

  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes 
  • kidney disease
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back problems
  • cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • osteoporosis
  • mental health conditions

The good news is that with strong and coordinated action, we can reduce the prevalence of chronic disease

We are committed to supporting all Canberrans to make healthy lifestyle choices and to take the steps needed to prevent disease. We recognise that actions by the health sector alone will not be enough to meet this challenge. 

That’s why we are delivering the Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020–2025 in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders. This includes non-government organisations, communities, other government agencies, industry and researchers. 

Reaching our goal of reducing the prevalence of chronic disease and supporting good health across all stages of life requires a sustained effort over multiple years. To help meet this goal, we have created the First Three Year Action Plan, the first of two three-year action plans to be implemented over the life of the Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020 – 2025

An Evaluation Framework is in place to measure the success of the plan. The framework provides clear direction for all stakeholders on 

  • what needs to be achieved in the short and long-term
  • how we will measure and report on progress, and 
  • where we may need to recalibrate our efforts. 

Progress reports on implementation activities will be released annually from 2021. The ACT Preventive Health Plan Annual Activity Report 2020 documents our progress on the actions within the First Three Year Action Plan during the first year of implementation.

Population-level indicators will be reported in 2022 and 2025, coinciding with the timeframe for delivery of each three-year action plan.

Page last updated on: 7 Dec 2021