Over 7 million Australians have at least one chronic condition

The development of chronic non-communicable conditions is correlated with lifestyle and biomedical risk factors. Foremost in Australia are daily smoking, lack of physical exercise, poor nutrition, overweight and obesity, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia.

What is the scale of the problem in Australia?

This infographic provides up-to-date data and graphics on risk factor prevalence in Australia and the chronic diseases associated.

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