Research & Position Papers
This section contains osteoporosis related research papers and position statements issued by the Osteoporosis Australia Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.
Research papers and position statements:
This position statement was issued following a National Forum with leading Australian clinical experts hosted by Osteoporosis Australia. The statement was reviewed and updated by the expert committee in April 2020. The purpose of the statement is to provide GPs with clear guidance concerning identification, investigation and treatment of patients at risk for fragility fractures. The position statement compliments the current RACGP/OA clinical guidelines.
Burden of disease analysis of osteoporosis, osteopenia and related fractures 2012-2022. This comprehensive report outlines direct and indirect costs, fracture numbers (and types) and projected impact of poor bone health in Australia. The report is essential reading for policy makers, health professionals and the community. It demonstrates interventions are needed to reduce fractures in the future. Refer to Executive Summary for brief introduction to the report. Report was launched at Parliament House December 2013.
- Calcium and Vitamin D Position Statement December 2017 (updated 12/2017)
- Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) position statement on exercise prescription for the prevvention and management of osteoporosis (2016)
- ‘Building Healthy Bones throughout life - an evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis in Australia’ MJA OPEN - full paper (updated 06/2013)
Note: The ‘Building Healthy Bones Throughout Life’ guidelines are the result of an 18 month body of work and provide recommendations for calcium, vitamin D and exercise for all stages of life (childhood, healthy adults, older adults, and people with osteoporosis and osteopenia). A summary version was also published as a supplement in MJA OPEN (9 pages). Please click here to access 4 Feb 2013 podcast interviews by Dr Giovanna Zingarelli, Deputy Editor of the MJA, with Professor Peter Ebeling regarding these guidelines. (If you experience any difficulties accessing this link with Internet Explorer you may have to try Firefox or Chrome)
- Vitamin D and health in adults in Australia & New Zealand: A position statement. MJA (June 18, 2012)
Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Endocrine Society of Australia and Osteoporosis Australia
(Osteoporosis Australia recommendations for Vitamin D are based on this position statement)