Ministerial Roundtable and Special Ambassadors ahead of WOD 2017
A Bi-partisan Ministerial Roundtable ahead of World Osteoporosis Day + Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Cathy Freeman OAM encourage politicians and the community to Know Your Bones!
Australians will sustain up to 160,000 broken bones (fractures) this year due to poor bone health, with costs reaching more than $3.1 billion – 70 per cent of which will be directly related to fracture costs.
￼A bi-partisan Ministerial Roundtable staged today, Thursday October 19, at Parliament House Canberra in the lead up to World Osteoporosis Day (Friday, October 20) will review the impact of osteoporosis in Australia and investigate strategies for fracture prevention. The roundtable co-hosted by The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Aged Care and The Hon Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing involves medical experts and key representatives from national patient, medical and government organisations. Also today, World Osteoporosis Day Ambassadors, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Cathy Freeman OAM are encouraging politicians and their respective constituents to “Know Your Bones” with a photo call at Parliament House.
Greg Lyubomirsky CEO of Osteoporosis Australia says too many Australians are unnecessarily breaking bones, which is impacting the patient, their family and the healthcare system. “We cannot allow so many Australians to be affected by broken bones. We must take action to prevent fractures.This bi-partisan, Federal Ministerial Roundtable is a very positive and welcome step in our call for action.”
Professor Mark Cooper, Deputy Chair of the Osteoporosis Australia Medical Committee said “we have patients leaving hospitals after sustaining a fracture who are not routinely investigated for osteoporosis. We also have members of our community living with osteoporosis risk factors, who are not having a bone mineral density test. This must change so that we can prevent fractures.” A broken bone is a medical emergency, and after repairing a costly fracture, for any patient over 50, we need to be asking…why did it happen?, according to Mr Lyubomirsky.
“Today’s Federal Ministerial Roundtable will review the impact of osteoporosis and strategies to reduce the number of Australians breaking bones. It’s very encouraging to see bi-partisan support for achieving better patient outcomes,” Mr Lyubomirsky said.
Osteoporosis Australia has invited Federal MPs and Senators to wear a “Know Your Bones” pin and have a photo with World Osteoporosis Day Ambassadors - Gold Logie Award winner, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Olympic Gold Medallist, Cathy Freeman! Both Ambassadors are urging politicians to shine the spotlight on bone health in their respective electorates, and encourage their constituents to visit Know Your Bones – www.knowyourbones.org.au – the online bone health self-assessment tool developed by Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Kerrie Ann Kennerley said “I was blessed with strong bones, although my mother had osteoporosis, but having taken drugs to fight breast cancer, those drugs leached my bones, so I found myself osteopenic, which is the stage before osteoporosis. Find out early and be aware is my best advice.”
Cathy Freeman OAM said “As with many chronic conditions, prevention is better than a cure. Exercise, particularly weight bearing and resistance exercise, is recognised as one of the most effective lifestyle strategies to help make bones as strong as possible.”
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Trent Zimmerman MP addressing Federal Parliament about World Osteoporosis Day and acknowledging ambassadors Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Cathy Freeman - Watch here
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