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Canterbury Osteoporosis Society has members all over New Zealand. We provide personal support, advice on diagnosis and treatment. We have a newsletter four times a year with interesting information for our members.
Contact us at PO Box 21-012, Edgeware, Christchurch 8043.
ACC is working across the broader health sector, including Osteoporosis New Zealand to facilitate better integration of services for fall and fracture prevention in older people. By intervening early to identify falls risk and responding to “herald falls”, the aim is to prevent a known pattern of falling which often leads to a severe fracture. If a fracture does occur, effective treatment and rehabilitation will be provided and the falls prevention programme will ensure that the appropriate secondary prevention activity is coordinated for the patient to reduce the risk of further falls and, consequently, fractures.
We are working with and through our partners to support falls and fracture prevention activities including developing education tools and resources, promoting best practice and helping DHBs with data.
Osteoporosis Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation responsible for providing osteoporosis information and services to the community and health professionals.
The Australian Government recognises osteoporosis as a National Health Priority. There are currently over 1 million Australians with osteoporosis and a further 6 million with poor bone health. Over the next 10 years these figures are set to rise.
Osteoporosis Australia’s vision is: Healthy Bones for all Australians. Its mission is to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures through education, awareness and better management of the disease.
Osteoporosis Australia supports development and implementation of Fracture Liaison Services and fracture registries. The BoneCare2020 initiative instigated by Osteoporosis New Zealand is a strong example of what can be achieved.
The New Zealand Orthopaedics Association established in 1952 is a member led association of virtually all orthopaedic surgeons in New Zealand including those in training. It has three main roles:
- Continual Professional Education where the emphasis is on reflecting on current practice to allow for continual improvement and the further development of the art and science of orthopaedic surgery through international networking and research;
- Teaching of registrars and house surgeons, especially those on the orthopaedic training scheme. The training schemes is a five year postgraduate apprenticeship based training where trainees are working towards Fellowship with the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons.
- The third aspect is advocacy on behalf of patients to ensure Ministry of Health funding levels are adequate for the orthopaedic surgery required by New Zealanders, ACC is treating clients fairly and the public is able to receive good accurate information about orthopaedic procedures.
The Health Quality & Safety Commission, New Zealand (the Commission) endorses the work of Osteoporosis New Zealand in promoting systematic approaches for optimal bone health, hip fracture care and prevention. One of the Commission’s core values is to work alongside stakeholders to improve health, quality and safety. We value the views of others and respect diversity of culture and opinion.
There is a natural alignment with Osteoporosis NZ through the Commission-led national Reducing Harm from Falls programme, the first quality improvement programme profiled in the Commission’s national patient safety campaign Open for better care.
We recognise that a whole-of-system approach is needed for populations of concern – ranging from those who are generally healthy and active, to those who are frail or live with complex chronic conditions, to those at the end of life. From a falls prevention perspective, sub-groups of this population can be targeted for interventions ranging from cost-effective population health-based primary prevention (such as home or community-based balance and strength exercise programmes) to higher-cost treatment and rehabilitation (such as ortho-geriatric care after hip fracture).
The Commission’s Reducing Harm from Falls programme strongly supports the establishment of fracture liaison services and the implementation of a Hip Fracture Registry for New Zealand, as we look for the best population outcomes and drive to achieve better integration of services through falls and fracture national and international alliances.
The Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine is the professional society for geriatricians and other medical practitioners with an interest in medical care of older people.
The society acts to represent the needs of its members and the wider community in a bid to constantly review and improve the care of the older people in Australia and New Zealand.
Its major functions are around education, policy development and political advocacy.
In October 2011, an Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry Steering Group (ANZ HFR) was established. The objective of the group is to establish hip fracture registries on both sides of the Tasman to enable benchmarking of delivery of professionally-defined standards for hip fracture care and prevention. In May 2012, the ANZ HFR was the recipient of a Bupa Health Foundation Award for AU$477,000. To date, ANZ HFR has led development of trans-Tasman acute hip fracture care guidelines which were published in September 2014. National quality indicators are in development and pilot collection of patient level data is ongoing across Australia.
Osteoporosis NZ has co-sponsored development, with the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand, of the information technology platform for the New Zealand Hip Fracture. Discussions are ongoing regarding which organisation will host the registry in New Zealand. A business plan is in development which will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and the Accident Compensation Corporation, with the aim of securing operational funding. Several District Health Boards will undertake pilot testing of data capture in 2014.
The Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) is a professional medical / scientific society established in 1988 to bring together clinical and experimental scientists and physicians actively involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism in Australia and New Zealand.
The mission of the ANZBMS is to be the premier Australasian society in the field of bone and mineral metabolism through promoting excellence in bone and mineral research, fostering the integration of clinical and basic science, and facilitating the translation of our science to health care and clinical practice.
Key objectives to achieve these goals include the nurturing and development of the future generations of basic and clinical scientists, and the dissemination of new knowledge in bone and mineral metabolism through our Annual Scientific Meeting. The ANZBMS will be proactive in shaping research and health policies based on scientific advances in our field.