National Osteoarthritis Strategy brief report Prevention of osteoarthritis

Luciano Rs de Melo*, David Hunter, Lauren Fortington, Anna Peeters, Hugh Seward, Chris Vertullo, Andrew P. Hills, Wendy Brown, Yingyu Feng, David G. Lloyd

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Abstract

Background 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common and debilitating chronic joint conditions in Australia. A National Osteoarthritis Strategy (the Strategy) was developed to outline a national plan to achieve optimal health outcomes for people at risk of, or with, OA. 

Objective 

This article focuses on the theme of prevention of OA within the Strategy. 

Discussion 

The Strategy was developed by a leadership group, three working groups, an implementation planning committee, multisectoral stakeholders and public consultation. The Strategy's ‘Prevention Working Group' identified two priorities for action: 1) implement programs that target the prevention of obesity and increase physical activity, 2) adhere to joint injury prevention programs. The lack of implementable policies that promote OA prevention exposes Australians and the public health system to an enormous burden. A set of evidence-based strategies was proposed to assist implementation throughout Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-275
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian journal of general practice
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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