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 10 OSTEOPOROSIS

Ms Burke, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes that a study commissioned by Osteoporosis Australia and a subsequent report titled The Burden of Brittle Bonesindicated that osteoporosis is a disease that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our communities;

(2) notes that this report further indicated that it should be recognised that osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease and with more research the current trend could be reversed;

(3) notes with concern the statistics in this report that indicate the projected increase in numbers of patients within the population diagnosed with osteoporosis—in 2001, 1.9 million Australians, 10% of the population, were diagnosed as suffering from osteoporosis and by 2021 this figure is expected to rise to 13.2%;

(4) recognises the enormous cost to the health services, the community, to individual sufferers and their carers; and

(5) calls on the Government to recognise osteoporosis as a national health priority.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.