Healthy Bones Australia (HBA), formerly Osteoporosis Australia, is a national non-for-profit organisation and the leading consumer body to reduce broken bones and improve bone health across Australia.
Healthy Bones Australia was established in 2001 in response to the growing number of Australians with poor bone health and the lack of health focus on preventing osteoporosis. Healthy Bones Australia is focused on increasing community and health professional awareness and advocating to government to reduce the impact of the osteoporosis nationally.
Osteoporosis is a chronic disease affecting over 1.2 million Australians and leading to over 173,000 broken bones each year.
Breaking any bone due to poor bone health is considered a medical emergency. This typically involves an emergency department visit, surgery, hospital stay, rehabilitation and home care. This is a long and painful process which greatly impacts the individual, their family and the healthcare system. The direct cost of fractures accounts for approx 70% of the total cost of poor bone health in Australia.
Increasing community and health professional awareness to achieve early diagnosis and improved management of poor bone health and prevent avoidable broken bones. In Australia we can tackle this national heath issue. We encourage the community, health professionals and government to be pro-active leading to less broken bones and a healthier future for people living with osteoporosis.
For more information about the impact and cost of poor bone health and the current national strategic plan for improving bone health in Australia refer to Reports & Publications.