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released: 4 Sep 2014 author: AIHW media release

This report presents information about the prevalence and impact of osteoporosis in Australians aged 50 and over. A broad range of data sources show that osteoporosis prevalence markedly increases with age and is more common in women than in men. Osteoporosis is one of several risk factors for minimal trauma fracture, with minimal trauma fracture of the hip being one of the most serious possible outcomes of osteoporosis. Although the rate of minimal trauma hip fracture for people aged 50 and over has decreased over the last ten years, the number of hip fractures continues to increase due to the increasing number of older adults in Australia.

ISBN 978-1-74249-627-6; Cat. no. PHE 178; 28pp.; $9

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Acknowledgments
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Prevalence of osteoporosis
      • Impact of osteoporosis
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Diagnosing osteoporosis
      • Estimating the prevalence of a 'silent' condition
      • Risk factors for osteoporosis and minimal trauma fracture
      • Questions addressed
      • Report structure
    • 2 Diagnosed osteoporosis
      • Osteoporosis in the community
      • Osteoporosis in residential aged care facilities
    • 3 Measured osteoporosis
      • Epidemiological studies measuring BMD
    • 4 The impact of osteoporosis
      • Lifetime risk of minimal trauma fracture
      • Minimal trauma hip fracture
    • 5 Discussion
      • Prevalence of osteoporosis
      • Impact of osteoporosis
      • Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data sources
      • AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database
      • Aged Care Funding Instrument
      • Australian Health Survey
    • Appendix B: Additional table
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Estimating the prevalence of osteoporosis in Australia. Cat. no. PHE 178. Canberra: AIHW.

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