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Understanding osteoporosis risk factors key to maintaining healthy bones: new report

Sally pearson, OAM, urging Aussies to "know your bones" this World Osteoporosis Day 2023

This Thursday, October 19, Dual World and Olympic champion hurdler, Sally Pearson, OAM, will team with Healthy Bones Australia, doctors, and patients to release key findings from Healthy Bones Australia’s 'Know Your Bones Community Risk Report Third Edition’ at a Parliamentary Friends of Aged Care event in Parliament House, Canberra.


The new report includes data from more than 104,000 Australians who have completed Know Your Bones – an online self-assessment tool developed by Healthy Bones Australia, in partnership with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, to help Aussies understand their risk factors for developing osteoporosis.


The new report reveals significant under-investigation and inadequate treatment in those at risk of osteoporosis, and calls for heightened emphasis on medical intervention to reduce the impact of preventable fractures.1


After clipping a hurdle and experiencing a ‘bone explosion’ during an athletics race in Italy in June 2015, Sally will share her traumatic experience , and reinforce the importance of “prevention, and taking action to protect bone health to avoid fractures.”

  • Poor bone health affects more than 6 million adults aged 50+.2

  • 183,000+ fractures sustained each year.2

  • Fractures cost $2.59 billion per annum.2

  • The total cost of osteoporosis is $3.4 billion, including general medicine & pharmaceuticals.2

To learn more about the new findings from the 'Know Your Bones Community Risk Report Third Edition’,
tee up an interview with a spokesperson below.  


Sally Pearson, OAM

Helen Dalley

Healthy Bones Ambassador, & Dual World & Olympic Hurdler GOLD COAST (VISITING CANBERRA)

Healthy Bones Australia Patron, presenter, journalist & podcaster, SYDNEY


Professor Peter Ebeling, AO, FAHMS

Mr Greg Lyubomirsky

Dr Weiwen Chan

A/Prof Peter Wong

Chair, Healthy Bones Australia & Board member, International Osteoporosis Foundation, (IOF), MELBOURNE (VISITING CANBERRA)

CEO, Healthy Bones Australia, SYDNEY (VISITING CANBERRA)

Specialist Endocrinologist & Deputy Chair, Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee, Healthy Bones Australia, SYDNEY (VISITING CANBERRA)

Head Dept of Rheumatology, Westmead Hospital, Chair Healthy Bones Australia Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee, SYDNEY


Marilyn, 68

Carole, 69

Kimberly, 43

Elaine, 59

Graphic designer & classic car enthusiast diagnosed with osteoporosis after failing & her arm, SYDNEY

Retired business consultant who has sustained multiple bone fractures & loss of height, Glenning Valley, CENTRAL COAST NSW

Wife & mother-to-two who was diagnosed with pregnancy-related osteoporosis following the birth of her second child, BRISBANE 

Consumer advocate, GP practice manager, mum & grandmother living with severe osteoporosis, MELBOURNE 



Kirsten Bruce & Millie Chamberlain, VIVA! Communications 

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