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The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) is an alliance of four leading and well-known Australian charities: Diabetes Australia, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia and the National Stroke Foundation. In 2000, these four charities began to work together to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Australia. Much of the work of the NVDPA to date has been to promote the use of an 'absolute risk' approach to predicting risk of cardiovascular disease. The NVDPA advocates to government and professional bodies for a health system that supports an absolute risk approach. The NVDPA aims to raise awareness among health professionals to use absolute risk assessment in their everyday practice.