Osteoporotic refracture prevention

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease characterised by reduced bone density and strength. It is associated with a heightened vulnerability to minimal trauma fractures (or fragility fractures). People who have had a minimal trauma fracture are at high risk of refracture.

The clinical aims of this initiative are:

  • improving identification of those requiring refracture prevention services
  • improving uptake of medication, exercise and calcium intake
  • fewer preventable fractures
  • better quality of life.

Snapshot of osteoporosis in NSW, 2019

There are about
50,000 fractures
due to osteoporosis
or osteopenia per year.

People who have a
fragility fracture...

Model of care

Osteoporotic Refracture Prevention Service Model of Care

This evidence-based model supports a consistent approach to identifying and managing minimal trauma fractures in NSW.

View model of care

For clinicians and services

What to improve

A summary of the four clinical components of the initiative:

  1. identification and triage
  2. assessment and diagnosis
  3. treatment initiation
  4. coordination of ongoing care

How to improve

Explore options for different organisational models to tailor clinical services for your local requirements:

  • coordinated multidisciplinary configuration
  • GP shared care configuration

Additional resources

For patients

Contact the Musculoskeletal Network

Email the team at ACI-Musculoskeletal@health.nsw.gov.au, learn more about osteoporotic refracture prevention or visit the ACI Musculoskeletal Network.

The information on this page is for clinicians and service providers. If you are a patient seeking a service in NSW, please visit the Osteoporotic Refracture Prevention Service Directory.

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