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Health Quality & Safety Commission publishes new learning activity on hip fracture prevention and care

The national falls programme, Reducing Harm from Falls, led by the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) has developed a set of learning activities integrated with initiatives in the national patient safety campaign Open for better care. Anyone involved in the care of older people at risk of falling – or interested in how older people can ’keep on their feet’ – will find the 10 Topics useful as up-to-date information.

Osteoporosis New Zealand is delighted that Reducing Harm from Falls has chosen Topic 6 to focus on why hip fracture prevention and care matters. The content of Topic 6 is significantly informed by Osteoporosis New Zealand’s strategy BoneCare 2020. In this learning activity’s interactive pdf, you’ll review the strategic objectives set out in BoneCare 2020 and identify the steps most relevant to your service.  Topic 6 also presents the numbers to make the case for treating osteoporosis in a group particularly prone to falls and fractures – older people living with dementia.

Topic 6 is particularly timely for two reasons related to improving hip fracture prevention and care:

  • District Health Boards are expected to have established Fracture Liaison Services by June 2014.  Fracture Liaison Services are expected to ‘Deliver high quality secondary preventative care for fragility sufferers (through identification, investigation and intervention) to prevent future fractures. This will be supported by the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for hip fractures developed by the Australia New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) Working Group) Link.  A Fracture Liaison Services Resource Pack can be downloaded from this webpage or open here as a PDF.
  • The Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry is calling for submissions on the draft Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Guideline in a public consultation which closes on 13 December 2013. The draft guideline and submission process are here.