RACGP and OA Release new GP Guidelines

RACGP and OA Release new GP Guidelines

The Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) and Osteoporosis Australia announce new clinical guidelines for GPs.

RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said “the new guidelines provide GPs with timely and much needed expert guidance to better detect, diagnose and manage patients with osteoporosis.”

The new guidelines were developed over 2 years by an expert medical committee and reviewed and endorsed by the RACGP.  Important developments over the past 6 years in osteoporosis care including further evidence for medications and other health interventions were reviewed and included within the guidelines. 

Dr Seidel said “about 4.74 million Australians over the age of 50 have osteoporosis or osteopenia and most of these patients will turn to their GP for support.”

Professor Peter Ebeling, Chair of the Osteoporosis Guideline Committee said “GPs play a front line role in osteoporosis management and these new guidelines create a real opportunity for improving detection rates in general practice.”

Dr Seidel said the guidelines will “assist GPs as we aim to further reduce overall fracture rates In Australia.”

It is estimated there will be over 160,000 fractures due to poor bone health in 2017. Osteoporosis Australia CEO Greg Lyubomirsky said “once a patient has broken a bone from a minor incident there is no time to wait. The underlying cause of that break should be investigated urgently and the patient may require treatment to minimise the risk of the next fracture occurring. We also encourage people with risk factors for osteoporosis to speak to their doctor because being pro-active can help prevent that first broken bone.”

The new clinical guidelines for osteoporosis will be disseminated to general practitioners around Australia during 2017 at specific educational conferences.

General Practitioners can access the new guidelines here.