24 Nov 2016 | Reducing Harm from Falls
The New Zealand Medical Journal recently published the first peer-reviewed paper on a New Zealand-based fracture liaison service, titled Implementation of fracture liaison service in a New Zealand public hospital: Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) experience.
The paper provides a clear description of how Waitemata DHB’s fracture liaison service operated in 2014, and their plans for developments of the service.
The DHB’s fracture liaison service features on the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s Capture the Fracture® Best Practice Framework Map of Best Practice along with services in North Shore, Middlemore, Christchurch and Tauranga hospitals.
Osteoporosis New Zealand encourages all New Zealand fracture liaison services, once they have been running for six months to a year, to apply for best practice recognition by the Foundation. The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s reducing harm from falls programme, working with ACC and the Ministry of Health, supports this as part of a system approach to falls and fracture management in New Zealand.
More information about fracture liaison services can be found on the Osteoporosis New Zealand website.