International Conference Update
Osteoporosis Australia was represented at the biannual conference of patient societies hosted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in Paris on 6 April.
Delegates from different regions discussed the common issue of rising fracture numbers and the need for better diagnosis and management of osteoporosis worldwide. Key presenters included Dr Beth Dawson-Hughes (USA), Dr W. B.. Xia (China), Professor Maria Luisa Brandi (Italy) and patient advocate Dr Marla Shapiro (Canada).
Osteoporosis Australia received a Best World Osteoporosis Day Campaign award during the conference. The award recognised Osteoporosis Australia efforts to engage policy makers on the issue of bone health and raise awareness of prevention. This included the launch of the first Know Your Bones Community Risk Report at Parliament House Canberra with Minister for Health, Greg Hunt and bipartisan political support for prevention messages in lead up to World Osteoporosis Day 2018 from federal politicians with the help of special ambassadors Sally Pearson and Michael Clarke.
IOF CEO Philippe Halbout (pictured right) acknowledged the important role of osteoporosis patient societies around the world and the need for osteoporosis to be a higher heath priority for policy makers.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr Beth Dawson-Hughes (USA), Dr w. B. Xia (China) and patient advocate Dr Marla Shapiro (Canada)
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Representatives from Nigeria, Brazil, Ireland, UK, Turkey, Romania, Argentina, Germany, Israel, USA, Italy, Taiwan