Osteoporosis New Zealand marks World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October 2017
Our friends at Osteoporosis New Zealand (ONZ) are supporting the International
Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) Awareness Campaign. Under its
theme of Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future, WOD 2016 calls upon the general public to take
early action to protect their bone and muscle health, and for health authorities and physicians to
protect their communities’ bone health.
NZAMM members can play a vital role in reducing the burden that osteoporosis, falls and fractures imposes upon
our older people, their friends and family, and our health and social care budgets. Accordingly, we encourage you
all to read more about this exciting Campaign at http://www.osteoporosis.org.nz and implement its
recommendations in your practice.
Read more about this exciting Campaign at http://www.osteoporosis.org.nz
ANZ Hip Fracture Registry and Clinical Standards
The first report from the Hip Fracture Registry is available.
Report available at http://anzhfr.org/2016-anzhfr-annual-report/.
Clinical Standards document available from http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/clinical-care-standards/hip-fracture-care-clinical-care-standard/.
Hip fracture is the most serious and costly fall-related injury suffered by older people. There were an estimated 19,000 admissions to hospital for a hip fracture among Australians aged over 50 in 2011-12, an increase of 22% in absolute number since 2002-03. 1 In New Zealand, 3803 people were admitted to hospital with a hip fracture in 2007. 2 Almost everyone who fractures their hip will be admitted to a hospital, and a large majority will undergo a surgical procedure. In Australia, this means that more than 50 people are admitted every day to a hospital with a hip fracture. 1,3 The individual consequences are significant: 5% of those admitted will die in hospital; over 10% will be discharged directly to an aged care facility; after 12 months, fewer than 50% of people will be walking as well as they did before their injury; and another 15-20% will have died. In addition, the health and social care systems bear considerable costs associated with the acute treatment of hip fractures, ongoing costs of rehabilitation, assistance with day-to- day living activities, and the impact of long term care placement.
Osteoporosis NZ highlighted the importance of establishment of a national hip fracture registry in our strategy BoneCare 2020 published in 2012. They have been an advocate, supporter and financial contributor to the ANZHFR initiative since the beginning of the initiative. Accordingly, they are delighted to see the Clinical Standards and Annual Report published.
It is great to see this progress!
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