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What is Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a
higher risk of fractures (breaks or cracks) than in normal bone.

  • In Australia, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of 60 will sustain at least one osteoporotic fracture.
  • Every 5.5 minutes, someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with an osteoporotic fracture. This is expected to rise to every 3- 4 minutes by the year 2021, as the population ages and the number of osteoporotic fractures increase.

Amazing Developments through research…

Ten years ago... we didn’t understand

  • the importance of vitamin D for fracture prevention,
  • that particular exercises can impact on bone density,
  • that micro-architecture of bone isvitally important for understanding bone decay, or
  • that old ladies bent over actually had severe osteoporosis in the spine which could be captured early.

We have seen amazing developments in the last decade in the understanding of bone structure, treatment of osteoporosis and surgical procedures for repairing fractures. These advancements have
been possible due to research and the future holds more important finds.


Australia is fortunate to have some of the world’s leading researchers in the bone field.

It is an exciting time in bone research as we move closer to understanding the mechanisms of bone, eventually tackling bone weakness to prevent fractures.

Supporting Healthy Bones

Your donation will greatly assist in supporting bone research as well as community and education programs like Healthy Bones Australia.