Osteoporosis symptoms, causes and treatments. Find out if you’re at risk.


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More than 4.7 million Australians over 50 are affected by osteoporosis and osteopenia1

In Australia, a bone is broken every 3-4 minutes due to poor bone health2. 80% of people with a bone fracture are not being properly checked and treated for osteoporosis3.

Jane's story will help you find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis

Jane has osteoporosis

Hi, I’m Jane and I’ve got osteoporosis.

It all started a few years ago when I suffered a fracture from a fall. That fall really changed my life. In a moment I went from being completely independent, to having to rely on other people. It was only after I had another fracture that I was finally diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Now that I know I have osteoporosis, I have taken control of my bone health!

I hope that after you read my story, you will discuss your bones and the chances of you getting a fracture with your doctor. Don’t wait until you break your bones to get your bone health sorted!

Find out your risk of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often not diagnosed until after a fracture. Click below to find out if you could be at risk of osteoporosis.

Meet the Xperts involved in Osteoporosis Xplained

Check out the line up of experts that have been involved with Osteoporosis Xplained!

Produced in Partnership With

Osteoporosis Australia

Osteoporosis Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focussed on strong bones for a life without fractures.

Currently over 165,000 broken bones occur each year due to poor bone health4. Understanding the risks for osteoporosis and early intervention can help prevent broken bones.

Know Your Bones is an online self-assessment tool which reviews risk factors for poor bone heath. Complete the online self-assessment and your report will show any risks and provide recommendations which can be discussed with your doctor.


Medicine X Story

Working as a medical doctor, Medicine X founder, Kim Chilman-Blair realised that far too many people are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. The language that doctors use, and what everyday people understand can be two totally different things.

Here at Medicine X, we believe that everyone should feel informed and empowered so they can engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions. That’s why Medicine X isn’t just another boring and complicated fact sheet – we explain medical issues through stories based on real people. It’s relatable, simple, and gives you the information you need.

We hope this helps you on your journey!

About Osteoporosis Xplained

Real People

The Osteoporosis Xplained story is based on a real person — Jane! It reflects her story, her experiences and her advice to others. There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create Osteoporosis Xplained!

Our Team

The Medicine X team are doctors, artists and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!


Osteoporosis Xplained has been reviewed by experts in the field of bone health to ensure all of our medical content is accurate, up-to-date and relevant.

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