Osteoporosis Statistics

1.2 million Australians have Osteoporosis…

Every 5-6 minutes, someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with an osteoporotic fracture. This is expected to rise to every 3 – 4 minutes by the year 2021, as the population ages and the number of osteoporotic fractures increase.

The Fracture Cascade

About 50% of people with one fracture due to osteoporosis will have another. The risk of future fractures rises with each new fracture, the ‘cascade effect’.

The ‘cascade effect’ means that women who have suffered a fracture in their spine are over 4 times more likely to have another fracture within the next year, compared to women who have never had an osteoporotic fracture.

People who have had two or more osteoporotic fractures are up to 9 times more likely to have another fracture, rising to an 11 times greater risk for people who have had three or more fractures, compared to someone who has not had one.

1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over 60 years will have an osteoporotic fracture in Australia.

Osteoporosis Australia – NSW/ACT Reports as at June 2017

Osteoporosis Australia released a series of state and territory reports on 27 June 2017, highlighting the extensive costs of fractures from poor bone health. The reports show the cost impact of osteoporosis and fractures in each state for the population 50 years and over.

Professor Peter Ebeling, Medical Director Osteoporosis Australia says: “There is a significant gap in osteoporosis care, and our hospitals are becoming revolving doors for fracture patients being sent home, and returning with new fractures, rather than being properly assessed and treated for osteoporosis.”

Osteoporosis costing NSW & ACT: A burden of disease analysis – 2012 to 2022

Summary – Key Findings

Full Report