Osteoporosis Worldwide Conference

Osteoporosis Worldwide Conference

Osteoporosis Australia was represented at the recent IOF Worldwide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies in Athens, September 11-13.

The conference gathered together patients societies and medical experts to review current issues in bone health.

The prevalence of osteoporosis and related fractures is a problem across all regions.The International Osteoporosis Foundation encourages governments around the world to make bone health a higher priority to help prevent unnecessary fractures and improve the management of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis patient Yulia Petrakakis, who has experienced multiple fractures from osteoporosis, presented her story and stressed the consequences of osteoporosis continue beyond the fracture. She explained having fractures has made her fearful of future fractures and stops her doing things she previously enjoyed. 

Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO of Osteoporosis Australia (pictured above with International Osteoporosis Foundation CEO, Judy Stenmark) said “the reality for patients is underestimated, it not only affects family and work life but can also limit the future quality of life for many patients. It is time the impact of this disease was taken seriously.”

Row 1 (left to right)
Photo 1: Famida Jiwa (CEO Osteoporosis Canada and Chair IOF Committee of Patient Societies) and Judy Stenmark (CEO, IOF)
Photo 2: Greg Lyubomirsky (CEO Osteoporosis Australia) and Dr Sushil Sharma (Indian Society)
Photo 3: Representatives from the Austrian and German Osteoporosis Societies
Row 2 (left to right)
Photo 1: Members of the Russian Osteoporosis Society with Greg Lyubomirsky
Photo 2: Professor Rene Rizzoli (Switzerland), Professor John Yves Register (Belgium) and Pierre Hoffmeyer (Switzerland)
Photo 3: Representatives from Osteoporosis Societies of Norway, Finland and Iceland.