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Osteoporosis in Australian women: Exploring differences related to age at menopause and location


Osteoporosis is a significant health concern, leading to fractures, loss of mobility and independence. Over 60% of women over the age of 50 have reduced bone density(1). Younger women with early menopause, breast cancer or other risk factors may also have reduced bone density. Evidence shows higher rates of hip fractures in rural areas of Australia(2), and lower osteoporosis knowledge among women with early menopause in rural areas(3). This study aims to assess differences between investigation and treatment of osteoporosis in (i) early menopause compared to women with expected?age menopause and (ii) rural compared to metropolitan areas of Australia.