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A joint initiative for fracture prevention

Leading medical research institute with a focus on translating findings into meaningful impacts for the health of Australians.

National not-for-profit that aims to protect, build and support healthy bones for a life without fractures by raising awareness of osteoporosis prevention and advocating for improved diagnosis.

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Know Your Bones FAQs

  • What is Know Your Bones?

    Know Your Bones is a joint initiative of Healthy Bones Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. It is an online bone health self-assessment generating a report explaining your risk results and personalised recommendations.

  • Can osteoporosis be treated?

    There is a lot that can be done to manage your bone health if you are found to have osteoporosis. This includes effective treatments to reduce your risk of having a fracture.

  • What should I do with my assessment results?

    Your results will identify any potential risk factors based on your answers. A report provides recommendations for any areas of risk identified which can be discussed with your doctor.

  • What is a fracture versus a broken bone?

    A fracture and broken bone are essentially the same thing. The word fracture is a term used by medical professionals. A fracture can be a partial or complete break in a bone.

  • Why should I be concerned about my bone health?

    Bone health is an important part of your general health. Osteoporosis is common in Australia and results in over 183,000 fractures (broken bones) annually. People with risk factors for osteoporosis should be investigated by their doctor. Know Your Bones can help you understand your risk.

  • How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

    If you have risk factors for osteoporosis your doctor should refer you for a bone density test – a simple scan that indicates if bones are in the range of normal, low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis. If required, your doctor can work with you to take action to improve your bone health. A broken bone can be a first signal of osteoporosis and requires urgent investigation.

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