Know Your Bones Community Risk Report demonstrates care gap in Australia

Osteoporosis Australia CEO Greg Lyubomirsky, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt & Ambassadors, Michael Clark & Sally Pearson
The high-profile World Osteoporosis Day launch of this important new report took place at Parliament House with senior ministers and leading sports figures.

In Australia, the new ‘Know Your Bones’ Community Risk Report was launched on 18 October at an event at Parliament House Canberra, by the Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the Minister for Senior Australian 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.

Know Your Bones is a joint fracture prevention initiative from Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the report outlines findings from the over 41,000 self-assessments completed.

Importantly the report demonstrates an osteoporosis care gap in Australia. Key findings included: 

  • Only half of people reporting a fracture are reported to have had a bone density test
  • Vast majority (84%) reporting a previous fracture are also reporting not being on treatment
  • Over one third have a clinical risk factor and over 95% have a lifestyle risk factor for osteoporosis

It was noted during the event that over 165,000 fractures due to poor bone health are expected in 2018 with costs of $3.1 billion and up to 70% of cost attributable to direct fracture costs.

During the event the Health Minister officially announced funding received by Osteoporosis Australia to develop the National Osteoporosis Strategic Plan.

Osteoporosis Australia’s sporting ambassadors and federal politicians helped promote the Know Your Bones awareness message through social media on the same day, with participation by the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Health Minister.

IOF Philippe Halbout congratulated Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Insitute on the publication of the report, stating:

The findings of the report will surely spark interest and action to address the treatment gap, which, as in most parts of the world, is leaving those at highest risk unprotected against costly and life-threatening secondary fractures. Well done to all for this important report and exemplary World Osteoporosis Day campaign! " 

Complete coverage is available here on the Osteoporosis Australia website.