Healthy Bones Australia has released the Position Statement on Improving Bone Health and Osteoporosis Management in Australia
This Statement was developed as a result of the Inaugural National Consumer and Community Forum, held on 20 November 2020, and provides specific recommendations and actions to improve the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and overall bone health across the community.
Forum participants included patients living with osteoporosis, GPs, medical specialist groups, hospital clinicians, National and State policy-makers, professional associations, health organisations, community support groups and bone health-related organisations. The Forum affirmed that bone health needs to be a much higher health priority in Australia.
The Position Statement identifies four main priorities and includes actions and messaging for each:
• Increase Community Awareness and Education
• Improve Risk factor Identification and Diagnosis
• Improve First Fracture Identification and Management
• Enhance Bone Health Strategic Engagement and Advocacy
Healthy Bones Australia would like to acknowledge the many individuals and participating organisations which made the development of the Position Statement possible.
The recommendations in this Position Statement will guide the focus of Healthy Bones Australia working with partners to improve bone health outcomes nationally.