Bone Health Program
Osteoporosis – the facts
In Australia, half of all women and a third of all men over 60 years will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. For Caucasian women of all ages, the risk of hip fracture is greater than the risk of breast cancer. The death rate associated with osteoporotic hip fracture is great than that associated with breast cancer, with 20-30 percent of all patients dying within 12 months.
The statistics are just as alarming for men, with the risk of men developing an osteoporotic fracture greater than the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Almost 80 percent of people with osteoporotic fractures are not treated to prevent further bone loss and future fractures.
The Bone Health Program – what we do
The Bone Health Program aims to ensure members are doing all they can to prevent an osteoporotic fracture. The Program helps reduce the risk of an osteoporotic fracture by providing education and support in the following areas:
Recommended bone health tests
Optimal nutrition for strong bones – calcium, protein
Obtaining adequate vitamin D
Reducing risky behaviours - smoking, excessive alcohol intake
Exercise to strengthen bones and to prevent falls
To find out more about our health support programs, simply call 1800 805 985 or contact us online
Please note you must have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or be at risk of developing osteoporosis to be eligible for this program, and have served a 12 month waiting period on an appropriate level of cover. This program is not available to members on Care 'n Repair, Smart Start, Budget Hospital, Budget Workers or non-working visitors cover products.