Love Your Bones on World Osteoporosis Day
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt is urging Australians of all ages to complete a simple, online bone health check, to prevent potentially crippling conditions as they grow older.
“This year’s World Osteoporosis Day them is ‘Love Your Bones’, a timely reminder of the importance of prevention, with estimates that more than one million Australians may already be suffering from osteoporosis,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Early diagnosis and treatment of this chronic condition is the best way to reduce the chance of serious fractures and the broader impacts of broken bones in later years.
“Research shows older people with hip fractures are over three and a half times more likely to die within 12 months than their non-injured counterparts.”
Speaking today at the Osteoporosis Australia Roundtable in Canberra, ahead of World Osteoporosis Day tomorrow, Minister Wyatt said three-quarters of people with the condition were women.
“About one million older Australians have at least one fall each year and about 40–60 per cent will sustain major injuries including broken bones,” he said.
“What we know as the ‘fall cascade’ is a significant issue for people with osteoporosis, because once they have had one fall, there is a very great likelihood they will have another fall with the next 12 months.”
In recognition of this, the Turnbull Government recently provided funding to Osteoporosis Australia for a pilot study to investigate re-fracture prevention and develop a best practice model for a sustainable, integrated and national re-fracture prevention program.
“All measures with the potential to enhance people’s quality of life while reducing the human and health care costs of osteoporosis are welcomed,” Minister Wyatt said.
To take the online test, go to the know your bones website, http://www.knowyourbones.org.au/
For more information about osteoporosis see the Osteoporosis Australia website https://www.osteoporosis.org.au/.
19 October 2017.