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Murrumbidgee Osteoporosis Fracture Prevention Service

Osteoporosis Fracture Prevention Service

The Osteooprosis Re-Fracture Prevention Service has transitioned to the MLHD. Verina an be contacted on 0467786367 from the 19 July 2016 or via email verina.walsh@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au

The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network is working with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation to implement the Musculoskeletal Primary Health Care Initiative.  The focus of this initiative is on the development, coordination and implementation of three models of care in the region:

  • The Model of Care for Osteoporotic Refracture Prevention
  • The Model of Care for the Osteoarthritis Chronic care Program and
  • The Model of care for Acute Low back pain.

The Murrumbidgee Osteoporosis Fracture Prevention Service (MOFPS) aims to improve the health of the community at high risk of osteoporosis by improving early diagnosis and providing optimal clinical management, and reducing the rate of re-facture and hospitalisation. The service is targeted at the following individuals:

  • People within the Murrumbidgee area
  • Over the age of 50 years
  • People who have sustained a fracture as a result of a minimal trauma (i.e. a slip, trip or fall)

The service provides a dedicated Fracture Liaison Coordinator whose role is to oversee the program including:

  • Provision of an osteoporosis risk assessment for the patient which is forwarded to the General Practitioner for further investigation / follow-up
  • Provision of patient education about osteoporosis or osteopenia and disease management strategies
  • Patient follow-up to support adherence to treatment plans
  • Community education and awareness

How can the service help you?

The service provides individuals across the Murrumbidgee area with:

  • Education and support for self-management for those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Support with planned treatment to reduce risk of further fractures

For Health Providers
GPs, Specialists and Allied Health providers who have patients that are over 50 years and have had a minimal trauma fracture can refer onto this service. The service can provide support with:

  • Identifying patients at risk
  • Improve understanding of the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Providing GPs with a risk assessment of patients referred
  • Providing patient education, follow-up and links to complementary lifestyle services increasing adherence to treatment plans

Contact

Verina Walsh
Fracture Liaison Nurse
  02 6923 3111