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Osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and management in postmenopausal women and men over 50 years of age

Supporting clinical judgements for osteoporosis

The publication of new data on the prevalence of osteoporosis in Australia and the health and economic impacts of this disease has also highlighted the need to clarify and re-enforce clinical guidance for health professionals at the front line of osteoporosis management.

A burden of disease analysis recently published by Osteoporosis Australia estimates that in 2012, 4.74 million Australians older than 50 years of age (66%) had poor bone health, including more than one million with osteoporosis.

By 2022, it is estimated that 6.2 million Australians older than 50 years of age will have osteoporosis or osteopenia, a rise of 31% from 2012.

A similar increase in the rate of fracture, from 140,882 in 2012 to 183,105 in 2022, is anticipated if action is not taken to improve the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and management in postmenopausal women and men over 50 years of age, 2nd edition was developed by Osteoporosis Australia and published by RACGP.

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  Osteoporosis-flowchart.pdf (PDF 0.98 MB)