Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic disease – such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and respiratory diseases – are the leading cause of death in Australia.

Many of these deaths are avoidable, leading to the establishment of the Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate which works proactively to develop and promote state and national strategies to prevent chronic disease and injury.

Taking a population-wide perspective, we focus on encouraging healthy behaviours in people who are well in addition to those at risk of developing chronic disease or injury, as a consequence of risky lifestyle behaviours.

Health promotion places a particular focus on:

  • tobacco 
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • obesity
  • injury.

We work with partners in WA Health, across Government and in the not-for-profit sector, to encourage healthy behaviours in our communities in the areas of:

  • community development 
  • creating environments for living, working and relaxing which support healthy behaviours 
  • economic interventions 
  • legislation and regulation 
  • raising public awareness and engagement 
  • strategic coordination, building partnerships and capacity building
  • targeted interventions 
  • development of healthy policy at government and organisation level.

The Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate (CDPD) has produced a report that maps policies, plans and projects being implemented by other WA government departments and agencies that will help to reduce preventable chronic disease and injury and promote health and wellbeing

CDPD has also developed a webpage with a range of practical ideas, guides, tools and resources for local governments of all sizes that would like to do more to promote healthy, injury-free lifestyles in their area.

For support and information about healthy lifestyles for you and your family, visit our consumer website (HealthyWA).

Our strategy

The WA Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2022-2026 sets out a strategic plan for the WA health system and its partners for preventing chronic disease and injury.   

Research and evaluation

Health promotion programs need to be robust, measurable and accountable. Health promotion programs need to be robust, measurable and accountable. The Evaluation Framework and Implementation Guide is a practical guide to help plan and undertake program evaluation.

The Nutrition Monitoring Survey Series (NMSS) has been conducted by the WA Department of Health since 1995 and aims to investigate the nutrition knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of WA adults relating to the Dietary Guidelines for Australians

The Priority-Driven Research Agenda for Obesity Prevention was a project led by the Department of Health Western Australia and Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) over 2013-14. The Agenda aims to enhance Australia's capacity to foster and undertake preventive health research.

Evidence brief: food, built environments and obesity (PDF 2MB) summarises local data collected in WA regarding the location, proximity and density of healthy and unhealthy food retail outlets, the impact this has on dietary intake, overweight and obesity, and policy options to address these issues.

Our policies

The Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate also provides stewardship of a range of WA Health policies, including:

Health Promotion Directory


The WA Health Promotion Directory (HPD) is a companion resource to the Western Australian Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2022-2026.

The HPD provides information on health promotion programs across WA that prevent chronic disease and injury in WA by:

  • reducing smoking
  • promoting healthy eating and active living to halt the rise in obesity
  • reducing harmful alcohol use
  • preventing injuries and promoting safer communities.

You can search for a program by risk factor, the area you live in, the setting for the program, and the agency that provides the program.

The HPD only includes health promotion programs that address the common risk factors for chronic disease and injury listed above.

The HPD is updated every two years, but you can submit new programs by using the ‘submit a new program’ button in the HPD dashboard. Please use the ‘feedback’ button in the HPD dashboard if you would like to provide feedback or suggestions.

The HPD explanatory document provides information about the HPD and the programs it intends to capture.

Health promotion grants

The HPD does not include information on community grants programs that support health and wellbeing. The following government agencies have the latest information on their grants programs on their websites:

Last reviewed: 30-05-2023
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Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate