Ontario Women's Health Council Projects to Support New Provincial Osteoporosis Strategy

Wednesday, July 28 2010




TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The Ontario Women's Health Council (OWHC) is co-funding two new osteoporosis projects to support the Osteoporosis Strategy launched by Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman earlier today.Community Hospital without a Fracture Clinic, adds to a current pilot project that is testing a model for integrated post-fracture care in four communities that have fracture clinics. The new project will pilot the model in a community where fracture patients are treated in an emergency department because there is no fracture clinic.

"The council is delighted that the McGuinty government is making a commitment to help prevent and treat osteoporosis, which predominantly affects women over 50," said Jane Pepino, Chair of the OWHC. "This is a crucial women's health issue, and we are happy to support the implementation of the Osteoporosis Strategy."

The two projects emerged from recommendations made in the OWHC report, A Framework and Strategy for the Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis, which was the groundwork on which the Osteoporosis Strategy was built.

The first project, Integrated Post-fracture Care in a

The second project, Guidelines for Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Testing, addresses perimenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis, and also men. It will increase the appropriate BMD testing in these groups.

The Ontario Women's Health Council was established by the Minister of Health and Long-term Care in 1998. It provides the minister with expert advice on women's health matters and acts as an advocate for change in the health-care system. Council members have a wide range of expertise in fields such as research, public and community health, and corporate and consumer issues as they relate to women.

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