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Osteoporosis Australia

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Office address Osteoporosis Australia
Level 1, 52 Parramatta Road Forest Lodge NSW 2037
GPO Box 121
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone +61 2 9518 8140
Fax +61 2 9518 6306

Last updated on 08/29/2003

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Sport Talk for Strong Bones: sport celebrities join in support of WOD 2005

The World Osteoporosis day message 'Move it or Lose it' is the focus of Osteoporosis Australia's World October 20th media forum.

The forum will feature leading Australian sport celebrities and sport experts. There is great media interest in the forum which will be presented by well known journalist Helen Dalley.

Sport celebrities include:
Liz Ellis,Captain of the Australian Netball; Jane Saville – olympic medallist in race walking;Clinton Hill, olympic silver medal winner inthe 2004 Olympics in Men's 400 m. relay team and 2004 400 m. national champion runner; Wally Masur – Davis Cup coach & former tennis pro Optus Australia Davis Cup coach; Susie Maroney OAM – champion long distance swimmer;
Katherine Bates- olympic cyclist and member of Australian cycling team; and Prof Shona Bass, of the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne. - an expert in how exercise and nutrition influence musculoskeletal growth.

Osteoporosis Australia will also be organizing Corporate Bone Games (where some 15 teams of ten compete in about 7 easy activities).


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Leading male sportsmen support World Osteoporosis Day 2004 - devoted to the problem of osteoporosis in men

The international release of the IOF report “Osteoporosis & Men” was launched in Sydney to mark World Osteoporosis Day.

Prof Ego Seeman, author of the report, presented the key messages from the report and stressed the important fact that osteoporosis strikes men too – 1 in 5 men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Dan Navid, CEO International Osteoporosis Foundation headed an all-star line-up for the press conference which was chaired by former Australian Rugby Test player and sports journalist Peter FitzSimons. The line-up also included Mal Meninga (former Australia Rugby League Captain and Osteoporosis Australia ambassador), Professor Ego Seeman, Andrew Wishart (41 osteoporosis patient) and Mark Holden (entertainer, former producer to David Hasselhoff and Australian Idol judge who has osteoporosis).

Celbrity Mark Holden, who has osteoporosis, hosted the World Osteoporosis Day lunch event. His participation guaranteed that 'osteoporosis in men' would make front headline news

The sportsmen's lunch featured some of Australia's leading athletes

The highly successful press conference was followed by a ‘Blokes, Bones & Breaks Sportsmen’s lunch’ with over 300 guests attending. Special guests included Athens Olympic Silver Medallist Clinton Hill (4 x 400 relay), Australian test cricketers Greg Mathews & Greg Chappell, 60’s Olympic swimming sensation John Konrads, Australians first American Grid Iron player Colin Scotts and lead guitarist of the internationally recognised band INXS – Kirk Pengilly.

The IOF and Osteoporosis Australia were delighted by the excellent local media coverage to launch the osteoporosis & men report.

Osteoporosis Australia CEO at launch of new report "Osteoporosis in Men"

Leading sportsmen show their support of World Osteoporosis Day

Osteoporosis Australia CEO Judy Stenmark and Professor Philip Sambrook

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Australia’s first Women Leaders’ Roundtable for osteoporosis - World Osteoporosis Day 2003

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World Osteoporosis Day - Australia

Federal Health Minister - Kay Patterson Launches World Osteoporosis Day on Oct 17

Barbara Holborow (former Childrens Court Judge), Maxine McKew (Patron and member of the IOF Roundtable), Senator Kay Patterson (Health Minister), and Mal Meninga (former national football captain)

Osteoporosis Australia (OA) marked World Osteoporosis Day with a ‘Calcium Breakfast’ at Federal Parliament House Canberra. The event was hosted by Maxine McKew (Patron and member of the IOF Roundtable) and speakers included OA ambassadors Mal Meninga (former national football captain) and Barbara Holborow (former Childrens Court Judge). The Health Minister, Senator Kay Patterson also attended the event and announced osteoporosis as the 7th National Health Priority under the title ‘Arthritis & Musckuloskeletal Diseases’. Prof Philip Sambrook (OA Medical Director) thanked the minister for the important announcement and other members of parliament attended the launch. Guests at the event were treated to ‘calcium rich’ food and milk shots!

Osteoporosis Australia supplied ‘Bone Pins’ for all guests to wear at the launch. In the week leading up to the launch these pins were mailed to all members of parliament and attached to a card titled “Show some Spine”. The card explained the event and asked the receiver of the pin to wear it as a show of support for our important cause. The pins were very popular and were also distributed to state offices for use at local based WOD events and seminars. Many states hosted functions which state health ministers attended and they were presented with a copy of the ‘Call to Action’. The IOF WOD poster was used at the launch and also distributed to state offices to use at local functions and mail on the health care facilities.

Senator Kay Patterson (National Health Minister), Mal Meninga (Former National Football Captain), Barbara Holborow (Ambassador and former Childrens Court Judge)

All media received copies of the ‘Call to Action’ signed by members of the IOF Roundtable and the launch received good media coverage in print, radio and television. OA will include photos and information about the day in our forthcoming issue of the national magazine.

Maxine McKew (Patron and member of the IOF Roundtable), Philip Sambrook (OA Medical Director), Judy Stenmark (OA Chief Executive Officer), Barbara Holborow (Ambassador and former Childrens Court Judge)


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The Australian Fracture Prevention Summit

Osteoporosis Australia hosted a major initiative with the National Prescribing Service on September 20-21, 2001 in Melbourne. The Australian Fracture Prevention Summit was the first time in many years that such a comprehensive group of experts gathered together to discuss the enormous burden of osteoporosis and fractures in Australia.

Summit Hosts with the Minister for Health: (from left to right) Dr Stephen Phillips (Chairman, National Prescribing Service), Judy Stenmark (CEO , Osteoporosis Aust), Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge (Minister for Health), Dr Lynn Weekes (CEO, NPS)

The event focused on evidence-based medicine with the aim of translating that into practical outcomes for all medical professionals. Presenters included nearly all the leading scientists and clinical professionals from the bone arena in Australia and New Zealand. The Federal Minister for Health attended the Summit to launch the Osteoporosis White Paper – "The Burden of Brittle Bones in Australia". This is a landmark document, commissioned by Osteoporosis Australia, produced by Access Economics and kindly funded by an independent grant from the Australian Dairy Corporation. It provided new statistics for the burden and costs of disease in Australia that will be of enormous help in lobbying efforts.

A proceedings document, with summaries of the evidence and recommendations will be produced with a leading medical journal in early 2002. The summit abstracts and White Paper can be viewed on the Osteoporosis Australia website:

Latest Australian Statistics:

- 1.9 million Australians with osteoporosis and fractures in 2001

- every 8.1 minutes in Australia someone is admitted to hospital with a fracture

- the numbers of fractures are increasing at a rate of 4% per annum

- prevalence increase to 2.2. million in 2006 and 3 million in 2021


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