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Osteoporosis in Primary Care

Duration of the course: 135 mins
Track: Clinical

About The Course


This course involves 3 short webinars providing a practical, clinical focus on osteoporosis in primary care.
Duration: 45mins each module

Osteoporosis affects over 1 million Australians. It affects both men and women and is most common in adults over 50.

Osteoporosis is a common medical condition, expensive for the health system, and can be devastating for patients. It’s also significantly under-diagnosed and under-treated.

This course involves 3 short webinars providing a practical, clinical focus on osteoporosis in primary care. With the help of experts in the field, the course covers the latest evidence and tools available to help us “do bones better”.


  • Webinar 1: Screening and Diagnosis – BMD, xrays, fracture risk calculators and bone turnover markets.
  • Webinar 2: Medication Case Studies – options, side effects and clinical challenges
  • Webinar 3: Non-Pharmacological Management – the latest on calcium, vitamin D and exercise and falls reduction.

What you will learn

At the completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Identify patients who should be screened for osteoporosis, including how to recall them.
  • Interpret the results of bone density scans and fracture risk calculators to determine which patients need treatment.
  • Use a shortlist of effective treatments – know which to use, and when.
  • Discuss the benefits and possible side effects of treatment.
  • Determine how to monitor patients, including when to use BMD and bone turnover markers and whether patients need “drug holidays”.
  • Discuss the latest evidence of the impact of calcium and vitamin D supplements and different types of exercise on bone density and fracture risk.

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Course Instructor

Dr Jo Adendorff
Dr Jo Adendorff Cape Institute Educator & GP

Jo trained in rural/remote areas throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory, during which she spent an extended period working for Family Planning. She is currently working as a GP in northern NSW, with special interests in Women’s Health, Menopause and Osteoporosis. She is a GP representative for Breastscreen, and coordinates a Women’s GP Group. Jo has worked in medical education for the past 8 years, and is involved in training medical students, registrars and peer education.

Dr Jane Elliot
Dr Jane Elliot GP & Medical Advisor to Osteoporosis Australia

Dr Jane Elliott is a general practitioner in Adelaide, with a special career interest in women’s health, including menopause and osteoporosis. She is a clinical senior lecturer in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide and is involved in teaching medical students and GPs. She has been an investigator in many clinical research trials in all areas of women’s health including menopause, contraception, osteoporosis and low libido. Jane is a Past President of the Australasian Menopause Society and is a member of the Medical and Scientific committee of Osteoporosis Australia.

Prof Gustavo Duque
Prof Gustavo Duque Geriatrician & Clinical Biomedical Researcher

Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. Prof. Duque's major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms and potential new treatments for age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. He is currently Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne and Western Health. He is also Director of the Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Western Health (Melbourne). As part of this Program, Prof. Duque implemented a Falls and Fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner. 

Prof Belinda Beck
Prof Belinda Beck Director, The Bone Clinic & Leader of Griffith University Bone Densitometry Research Laboratory

Belinda Beck is a Professor in the Griffith University School of Allied Health Sciences (Gold Coast, QLD) and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. She leads the Griffith University Bone Densitometry Research Laboratory and is Director of The Bone Clinic, a novel translational research facility and clinical practice providing supervised exercise for patients with osteoporosis. She graduated from The University of Queensland (BHMS[Ed]) and the University of Oregon (MSc and PhD) and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine (CA, USA). Her work, primarily related to the effects of mechanical loading on bone, has involved both animal and human models, from basic to clinical research. Her particular focuses have been exercise interventions across the lifespan for the prevention of osteoporotic fracture, and the management of bone stress injuries in athletes and military recruits. Important recent projects have included the LIFTMOR and LIFTMOR-M trials; results of which have shown that high intensity exercise is not only effective but safe as an intervention for older men and women with low to very low bone mass.