1 in 4 women over the age of 75 have osteoporosis.
Number of hospitalisations in 2016-17 for minimal trauma fractures in people aged over 50.
Percentage of people in South Australia with Vitamin D deficiency.
1 in 2
Less than half of all adult Australians get enough calcium.
Bone health programs and support
Living with osteoporosis
CBHS offers a range of Better Living programs that cover a wide variety of health concerns and challenges, including low bone density, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. The program can provide you with expert guidance and support to self-manage your health challenges, with no out-of-pockets for members on Hospital or Package covers.
Check if you have osteoporosis
You can check the health of your bones with a simple bone density scan. The test normally takes less than 15 minutes and can be done while you’re fully clothed.
CBHS members with Extras or Package cover can claim benefits towards the cost of bone density scans through the Wellness Benefits program. Medicare rebates also apply for many people.
The results will show if you have osteoporosis, or if you have low bone density (osteopenia) which means you are at risk of developing osteoporosis. Check your policy for details or view CBHS Package and Extras cover.
Exercise and osteoporosis
You generally need to exercise more, not less, if you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis. This will promote better bone and muscle strength and help with your balance and posture. It’s natural to be nervous, especially if you’ve suffered a fracture in the past, but the benefits far outweigh the risks.
CBHS members with Extras or Package cover can claim benefits towards gym membership as part of a Health Management Program.
Read more about our Health Management programs.
All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified health care professional.