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Monday, 21 November 2011
Page: 13136

World Osteoporosis Day

Debate resumed on the motion by Mr Georganas:

That this House:

(1) joins Osteoporosis Australia and the International Osteoporosis Foundation in promoting World Osteoporosis Day on Thursday 20 October 2011;

(2) notes that:

(a) more than 1.2 million Australians have osteoporosis;

(b) an Australian is admitted to hospital with an osteoporotic fracture every six minutes;

(c) half of all women aged over 60 and one third of men will have an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime; and

(d) after suffering a hip fracture, about a quarter of people will die within a year;

(3) recognises and supports Osteoporosis Australia in its campaign to raise awareness about this silent disease that affects our health and independence as we age;

(4) acknowledges how simple it is to prevent osteoporosis with calcium from eating the rights foods, vitamin D from safe levels of sunlight and regular weight-bearing exercise throughout life; and

(5) works to ensure all Australians are aware of the risk factors and the measures they can take to prevent this debilitating disease.