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Activity description

147185 - Osteoporosis: Optimising treatment - Small group meeting

National Prescribing Service Ltd

This small group meeting with a trained facilitator provides an interactive environment for GPs and their peers to refresh their knowledge about the management of osteoporosis.

Relevance to General Practice

It is estimated that 2.2 million Australians have osteoporosis, and in those aged 50 and over, more than one in four men and two in five women will experience a minimal trauma fracture. The main aim of treating osteoporosis is to prevent a minimal trauma fracture; however osteoporosis may not be diagnosed until after a minimal trauma fracture has occurred. Often, the fracture is treated but not the underlying osteoporosis.

Non-adherence to osteoporosis medicines is common, with studies suggesting that between 50% to 75% of patients discontinue treatment within 12 months of commencement. This results in a significant clinical (eg, morbidity, mortality, quality of life loss) and economic burden (eg, ambulance services, hospitalisations, rehabilitation, aged care).

Using evidence-based information and a clinical case, GPs and their peers will have the opportunity to discuss and refresh their knowledge on how they identify, treat and monitor patients with osteoporosis.

Learning outcomes

  1. Assess patients for minimal trauma fractures or associated risk factors and implement strategies that prioritise management in high-risk patients.
  2. Select medicines for osteoporosis based on efficacy and tolerability and consider patient comorbidities and preferences.
  3. Explain the importance of adherence to osteoporosis medicines and discuss this with patients.
  4. Review response to treatment by checking adherence and monitoring bone mineral density and adverse effects at appropriate intervals.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • A significantly ill patient is identified and managed appropriately

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Rural health
  • Adult health
  • Musculoskeletal and sports medicine

Session summary


Thursday 29 Nov 2018 9:00am - Saturday 31 Aug 2019 9:00am

This activity is readily available at any time


GP practices across Australia


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Customer Service
T: 02 8217 8700