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released: 4 Aug 2008 author: Graf J media release

Osteoporosis is a silent condition that occurs in both men and women. The bones become fragile and brittle, and bone strength is greatly reduced, so that fractures can occur after only minimal trauma. Fractures occur most commonly in the hip, spine and wrist, and can lead to long-lasting pain and disability that affects quality of life and independence. The good news is that osteoporosis is largely preventable. This booklet is aimed at anyone with an interest in osteoporosis. It includes information on the causes, management and prevention of the disease, and brings together the latest data about its impact in Australia.

ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN 978 1 74024 781 8; Cat. no. PHE 99; 36pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Title and verso pages
  • What this booklet is about
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Key facts about osteoporosis
  • What is osteoporosis?
  • Diagnosing osteoporosis
  • Where do fractures occur?
  • How common is osteoporosis?
  • Risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures
  • Impacts of osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis treatment and management
  • Support and health-care services
  • Health spending on osteoporosis
  • Preventing osteoporosis and fractures
  • Where to get more information
  • Useful websites
  • References

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  1. Correction to information about PBS availability of strontium ranelate, page 21. (23 October 2008)

Recommended citation

Graf J 2008. A picture of osteoporosis in Australia. Arthritis series no. 6. Cat. no. PHE 99. Canberra: AIHW.

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