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 to 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.




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We moved our General meetings to 'Ross House', Melbourne in February 2000, as this part of town is well served by public transport from all over Melbourne and country area services .  The Committee meets in St James’ Anglican Church hall, Glen Iris on the intervening months.  We have guest speakers address our city meetings on topics relevant to Osteoporosis.  We also hold annual luncheons.

Membership exceeds 100 and includes people from all over Victoria and interstate.  Not all our members are able to attend our activities – some are in the workforce while health issues place limitations on others.  Distance is also a consideration.  Each member receives Minutes of Meetings with a Newsletter containing details of group activities as well as information regarding Osteoporosis research, treatments etc., gathered from Osteoporosis Victoria, Osteoporosis Australia, the National Osteoporosis Society in England and the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Switzerland.  Several health professionals receive our Newsletter by request.

New members are always welcome.