Prevalence of osteoporosis in Australian men and women: Geelong Osteoporosis Study

Margaret J Henry, Julie A Pasco, Geoff C Nicholson and Mark A Kotowicz
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10571
Published online: 19 September 2011

To the Editor: Few reports have been published on bone mineral density (BMD) among randomly sampled populations. Organisations such as Osteoporosis Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society rely on research to supply reliable data that are representative of the Australian community. This information informs practitioners, researchers and policymakers of the size of the problem of osteoporosis in Australia. Our study aimed to document the proportion of individuals who have reduced BMD.

  • Margaret J Henry1
  • Julie A Pasco1
  • Geoff C Nicholson2
  • Mark A Kotowicz1

  • 1 School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC.
  • 2 Rural Clinical School, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD.



We thank the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council for funding this study.

Competing interests:

Mark Kotowicz and Geoff Nicholson have received consulting fees or honoraria from Amgen, Merck Sharp and Dohme, Servier, Novartis and Sanofi-Aventis, and speaker fees from Novo Nordisk. Julie Pasco has received consulting fees and honoraria from Amgen, and speaker fees from Eli Lilly and Sanofi-Aventis. Mark Kotowicz, Julie Pasco and Geoff Nicholson have received institutional funding from the Dairy Research and Development Corporation and Amgen.


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