New Action Plan Launches
A new Osteoporosis National Action Plan was launched today, World Osteoporosis Day (20th October). The plan is the result of a 12 month collaboration from an a national alliance of stakeholder groups including; Osteoporosis Australia, Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science, Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and UNSW Australia.
In Australia, it is estimated 1.2 million people are affected by osteoporosis and the cost of fractures is the largest component cost of poor bones health. The plan presents a joint vision to address this major health issue as a matter of urgency.
The National Action Plan clearly sets out three key areas for action - Increasing Awareness & Support, Improving Osteoporosis Prevention & Treatment, Finding a Cure for Osteoporosis. The National Action Plan also outlines 20 recommendations to achieve these action items including focus on prevention, treatment, impact and cure.
Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO, Osteoporosis Australia, says, “There is limited awareness of osteoporosis within the community and amongst healthcare professionals. The majority of Australians (58%) have limited understanding of what osteoporosis is and 60% do not understand who is most at risk. We see the National Action Plan playing a critical role in educating Australians to help make a difference from a preventive and treatment perspective.”
Adding to this, Professor Peter Ebeling AO, Head of the Department of Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, says, “We need to further develop GP engagement programs and systems to enable them to identify patients at risk, including men, and then have them investigated and treated for osteoporosis.”
The action plan also calls for a national strategy for research into curing osteoporosis. Research is vital for providing future break-throughs in diagnosis, treatment and understanding of genetic factors.
World Osteoporosis Day is an important platform from which to launch this National Action Plan, driving much needed awareness not only amongst health care professionals but also to the wider Australian population.
To read the National Action Plan in full click here.
View the Media Release on the National Action Plan here.
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