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The George Institute's pre-budget submission 2023 – 2024

The George Institute for Global Health is pleased to contribute a written submission, ‘Supporting chronic disease prevention in Australia’, to the Commonwealth Treasury ahead of the release of the 2023 Commonwealth Budget.

Australia’s healthcare system enables citizens to enjoy world-class treatments and programs, underpinned by a robust research sector. But effective governments don’t just invest in treating health problems – they invest in preventing them, especially for the most at-risk communities.

Chronic diseases cause nine out of every 10 preventable deaths in Australia and account for 85% of years lost due to ill health or early death. Injury is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 1-44 years. These are more than statistics – they reflect the overwhelming burden of preventable disease on the day to day lives of far too many Australians.

This year, our submission focuses on support for three major Commonwealth Government reforms that have the power to significantly reduce the growing burden of preventable disease in Australia.

  1. Implement the National Preventive Health Strategy
  2. Develop the Measuring What Matters Framework
  3. Establish the Australia Centre for Disease Control

The George Institute strongly supports an ambitious reform agenda and calls Upon the Commonwealth Government to fully fund the development and implementation of these recommendations in the May Commonwealth Budget.

Please refer to our full submission on this page.