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Budget cuts risk halting Australia's progress in preventing chronic disease

Andrew Wilson
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (10): 558-559. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00726

Investing in prevention is essential to our nation's long-term productivity

The recently announced 2014–15 federal Budget will have both direct and indirect adverse effects on prevention, especially of chronic diseases, which are Australia's major causes of death and disability. A government concerned about future productivity and extending the working life of Australians should be investing more in preventing chronic disease, and not less. Chronic disease is a common cause of shortened working life, even when it doesn't kill.1

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  • Andrew Wilson

  • Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: a.wilson@sydney.edu.au

Competing interests:

I am Director of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) at the Sax Institute. TAPPC is jointly funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Government through the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, the New South Wales Ministry of Health, the Australian Capital Territory Health Department and the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia and the HCF Research Foundation. I am also a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Prevention.

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