OA welcomes $4M for National Action Plan for Osteoporosis
On Thursday 17 October, at a special event in Parliament House in the lead up to World Osteoporosis Day (20 October). The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, launched the National Strategic Action Plan and stated that this is a significant step in improving the quality of life for Australians living with poor bone health and reducing the substantial financial burden that osteoporosis has on the Australian healthcare system. Mr Hunt said it will focus on increased awareness, education and prevention of osteoporosis, including improved diagnosis and management, and care of people with, or at risk of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis Australia CEO, Mr Greg Lyubomirsky, said, “This is an exciting outcome for osteoporosis prevention, as this is the first time osteoporosis has received the attention it deserves” he continued to say “This is an important step forward in supporting the 4.7 million Australians with poor bone health” To read more LINK
- FROM LEFT: The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, Greg Lyubomirsky CEO Osteoporosis Australia, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians
- John Hewson Chairman of Osteoporosis Australia with Helen Dalley Patron of Osteoporosis Australia
- Patient Advocates Elaine Cotter and Carole David with Prof Peter Ebeling
Community Risk Report launched
The first ‘Know Your Bones’ Community Risk Report was launched on October 18, at Parliament House Canberra, by the Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.
Special national ambassadors for World Osteoporosis Day, Olympic Gold Medallist Sally Pearson OAM and Former Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke, attended the event and encouraged Australians to be aware of their bone health.
The report was produced by Osteoporosis Australia based on data from over 40,000 people completing the Know Your Bones online self-assessment tool.
The Know Your Bones tool was developed in partnership with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
The report highlights not enough Australians are being investigated and treated for osteoporosis.
FROM LEFT: Greg Lyubomirksy (CEO, OA), Prof John Esiman (Garvan Institute of Medical Research), WOD ambassador Sally Pearson, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt, Health Minister Greg Hunt, WOD ambassador Michael Clarke, Prof Peter Ebeling (OA Medical Director)
Seniors Festival Expo
Osteoporosis Australia hosted an education booth at the NSW Seniors Expo in Sydney on 5 – 6 April.
It is estimated around 20,000 seniors attended the event. We are pleased to report several special guests took the time to visit our booth and support the prevention message.
Thanks to Ray Martin (pictured below) and the Hon Tanya Davies Minister for Aged Care and Premier Gladys Berejiklian, pictured with Osteoporosis Australia CEO Greg Lyubomirsky.
Bipartisan Ministerial Roundtable
In the lead up to World Osteoporosis Day 2017 the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP, Minister for Aged Care and The Hon Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing, hosted a bipartisan roundtable hosted at Parliament House to review osteoporosis prevalence, cost and the role of fracture liaison services in reducing fractures in Australia. The roundtable was attended by Dr David Gillespie, Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Helen Polley, Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing (pictured above) and medical experts. Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO Osteoporosis Australia (pictured centre) said “it’s very encouraging to see bipartisan support for achieving better patient outcomes.”
Know Your Bones awareness event in Canberra
Osteoporosis Australia invited federal politicians for a photo with special World Osteoporosis Day ambassadors Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Cathy Freeman at Parliament House (October 19). The ambassadors encouraged politicians to spread the Know Your Bones prevention message to their constituents. Over 120,000 Australians have visited the self-assessment website which provides a report on risk factors for osteoporosis.
New State and Territory Reports Released
Osteoporosis Australia released new State and Territory reports on 27 June 2017 showing the prevalence and extensive cost of the disease around Australia. The largest component cost of osteoporosis in all states relates to fractures which has a big impact on the healthcare system. Professor Peter Ebeling, Medical Director of Osteoporosis Australia said, “there is a significant gap in osteoporosis care, and our hospitals are becoming revolving doors for fracture patients being sent home, and returning with new fractures, rather than being properly assessed and treated for osteoporosis.”
See your state or territory report LINK
Know Your Bones first birthday!
PHOTO: Bone Biology Unit at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research
The Know Your Bones self-assessment website turned one! A special cake was shared with researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Greg Lyubomirsky CEO of Osteoporosis Australia said “the website has received over 75,000 visits since we went live and people completing the self-assessment receive a report showing results and risk factors which can be discussed with their doctor.”
Osteoporosis Australia Special Event
The Osteoporosis Australia Board hosted a special event on the 15th of November 2016 to highlight the issue of osteoporosis and the need for osteoporosis to be a higher national priority. The event also acknowledged patient representatives, members of the medical committee, grant recipients and sponsors for their work in helping improve bone health in Australia.
To read more about the special event click here.
National Action Plan Launches
The Osteoporosis National Action plan was launched in 2016 on World Osteoporosis Day (October 20). The plan clearly sets out three key areas for action - Increasing Awareness & Support, Improving Osteoporosis Prevention & Treatment and Finding a Cure for Osteoporosis. The plan also outlines 20 recommendations to achieve these action items including focus on prevention, treatment, impact and cure.
To read the National Action in full click here.
To view the news story click here.
Launch of Know Your Bones Self-Assessment Tool
On Thursday, June 16, 2016, Osteoporosis Australia in partnership with The Garvan Institute of Medical Research launched Know Your Bones, an online self-assessment tool for bone health. The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley attended the launch along with osteoporosis patients and representatives from both OA and Garvan.
LEFT: Osteoporosis patient, Carole with CEO of Osteoporosis, Greg Lyubomirsky
RIGHT: Ralph Evans, Vice-Chairman Osteoporosis Australia with Andrew Giles, CEO Garvan Research Foundation