Key Findings include :
Poor bone health: 2012-2022
- 4.74 million Australians over 50 years of age (66% of people over 50) have osteoporosis or osteopenia or poor bone health.
- Based on the 4.74 million Australians with poor bone health, 22% have osteoporosis and 78% have osteopenia.
- By 2022, it is estimated there will be 6.2 million Australians over the age of 50 with osteoporosis or osteopenia. That is a 31% increase from 2012.
High fracture rates: 2012-2022
- By 2022 there will be 1 fracture every 2.9 minutes. That is 501 fractures per day and 3,521 fracture per week.
- This compares to a fracture every 8.1 minutes in 2001 and a fracture every 5-6 minutes in 2007.
Alarming costs to Government, the community and to individuals
- In 2012, the total costs of osteoporosis and osteopenia in Australians over 50 years of age were $2.75 billion.
- It is predicted that in 2022, the total costs will be $3.84 billion (2012$).
Call to action
Previous reports have included recommendations for action. What is telling is that the recommendations here are the same as previous reports.
- That a re-fracture prevention initiative be funded to follow-up and co-ordinate the care of every Australian who has sustained their first fragility fracture.
- That bone density testing for menopausal women aged 50 with risk factors for osteoporosis be reimbursed.