Osteoporosis Australia (OA) welcomes the exciting news from the COAG Health Council meeting that a proposal to implement fracture liaison services to prevent future fractures, was discussed in Perth (1 November 2019). OA proposed a National Secondary Fracture Prevention Program to implement fracture liaison service pilots.
The COAG Health Council is where Health Ministers from each State and Territory (chaired by the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Western Australian Minister for Health) meet with federal Health Minister Greg Hunt MP to discuss a range of national health issues.
Health Ministers agreed to ask AHMAC (the advisory body to the COAG Health Council) to undertake a scoping exercise to explore their current commitments to further support of secondary fracture prevention services as well as to investigate the development of a national approach moving forward.
Currently in Australia over 66% of adults over 50 years have poor bone health and there are an estimated 165,000 fractures per year.
Fracture liaison services aim to capture patients following a fracture to enable investigation of their bone health and improve osteoporosis diagnosis and care to prevent further fractures.
Fractures have a large impact on individuals patients and their families as well as the healthcare system - with up to 70% of the overall cost of the disease related to direct fracture costs.
Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO of Osteoporosis Australia, said “Osteoporosis Australia greatly appreciates Heath Ministers for supporting this important initiative at the COAG Health Council meeting.”
Greg also extended Osteoporosis Australia’s appreciation to the Hon Greg Hunt MP, The Hon Brad Hazzard MP and the Hon Roger Cook MP for their leadership in addressing this chronic disease affecting so many Australians.