HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF THE MELBOURNE OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP INC.

This group began in November 1996 following an Osteoporosis Prevention & Self Management Course conducted by Osteoporosis Victoria.  Course members felt that it would be worthwhile continuing to meet as no such support group existed in Melbourne.  A follow-up meeting was held in February 1997 and the first official meeting was held in April 1997 at which office bearers were appointed.  We commenced with 12 financial members.  The purpose of the group is to support each other and share information so that we are better informed to manage our osteoporosis. 

Meetings were held bi-monthly at the Arthritis Foundation in Elsternwick and we became an Associated Member of Osteoporosis Victoria on 15th October 1998.  We became an Incorporated Association on 31st May 1999.  We affiliated with the Glasgow Support Group, one of the largest in the UK in October 1999. Newsletters etc. come to us containing information from the Royal Osteoporosis Society in Bath, England, the National Osteoporosis Society in America, the Canadian Osteoporosis Society,  the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Switzerland, Osteoporosis Australia and Musculoskeletal Australia. 



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We moved our General meetings to Ross House in Finders Lane, Melbourne in February 2000, as public transport from all over Melbourne and country areas, services this part of town.  The Committee meet in St James’ Anglican Church hall, cnr. High Street & Burke Road, Glen Iris on the intervening months.  We have guest speakers address our city meetings on topics relevant to Osteoporosis, and for 13 years we held an annual Seminar during Seniors Week in Glen Iris at which we had eminent guest speakers and attracted an audience in excess of 100 attendees.   Each year we have an information table at the Seniors Festival Celebration in Melbourne distributing printed material about osteoporosis, we visit a research laboratory and we hold an annual luncheon. 

In 2010 we obtained our own independent email address and website, and in 2019 we had our own Facebook page. 

Membership includes people from all over Victoria and interstate.  Not all our members are able to attend our activities – some are in the workforce, health places limitations on others and distance is also a consideration.  Members receive Minutes of meetings with a Newsletter containing details of group activities as well as information regarding osteoporosis research, treatments etc., gathered from the various osteoporosis organisations mentioned above.  Several health professionals receive our Newsletter by request.


New members are always welcome.