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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