Marino reveals South West bone disease burden

To mark World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, Member for Forrest Nola Marino with Gold Logie Award Winner Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Gold Medallist Cathy Freeman OAM are encouraging South West residents to Know Your Bones.

Mrs Marino said more than 51,000 people in Forrest have poor bone health, according to research from Osteoporosis Australia.

“This is a significant number of people – more than one in three residents – who are facing significant bone health challenges,” Mrs Marino said.

“Poor bone health can lead to osteoporosis which makes bones become brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures and potential loss of mobility.

“Any bone can be affected by osteoporosis. Unfortunately, too many preventable fractures are occurring and we need to focus on turning this around, through healthy lifestyles and talking to your local health professional.”

The most common problem sites are the hip, spine and wrist.

Osteoporosis Australia encourages people around Australia to use the Know Your Bones online self-assessment tool that was developed in conjunction with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to help people to better understand their risk.

In Australia a bone will be broken every 3.3 minutes due to poor bone health and there will be an estimated 160,000 fractures this year alone.

“It was great to have Cathy and Kerri-Anne come to Parliament House to help raise awareness of Osteoporosis and encourage South West residents Know Your Bones,” Mrs Marino said.

Key Facts

– Two-thirds of Australians over 50 have poor bone health
– 75 per cent of these affected Australians are women
– In 2017 the brittle bones of Australians aged 50+ is expected to cost the economy $3.1 billion
– By 2022 there will be 6.2 million Australians aged 50 years or older with osteoporosis or poor bone health
– The total cost of osteoporosis, poor bone health and fractures over the decade from 2012 to 2022 is expected to be $33.6 billion