Labor calls on Australians to make bone health a priority tomorrow in recognition of World Osteoporosis Day.

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes bones become brittle, leading to a higher risk of breaks than in normal bones.

The silent disease results in bone fractures and more importantly leads to decreased mobility and loss of quality of life.

In Australian, osteoporosis is under-diagnosed and undertreated with as many as 80 per cent of patients failing to receive appropriate ­treatment.

Labor was pleased to support the bipartisan Ministerial Roundtable on Osteoporosis and Fracture Liaison Services in Canberra today to review the impact of osteoporosis and strategies to reduce the number of Australians breaking bones.

Reducing the impact of osteoporosis in Australia will require all levels of government to work together, as it is a condition that knows no jurisdictional boundaries.

Importantly, osteoporosis can be treated, however early detection is critical to ensure that bone health is managed to prevent fractures.

World Osteoporosis Day is an opportunity to focus on bone health in Australia and on this serious health issue which is resulting in over 160,000 fractures each year in Australia.

It is also the perfect opportunity to join the 100,000 people who have already gone online and used the simple self-assessment tool Know Your Bones.

Labor also welcomes the announcement of Gold Logie Award Winner, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Olympic Gold Medallist, Cathy Freeman OAM as World Osteoporosis Day Ambassadors.

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