A New course on Osteosarcopenia equips HCPs with the tools to ensure older people live a full life

Although healthcare professionals may be aware of the importance of fall prevention in older persons, the newness of sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia means these conditions are rarely diagnosed and risks identified for falls and fractures.

The world’s population is geing and common chronic diseases affecting older people, such as osteoporosis and sarcopenia, place a significant burden on the individual as well as the healthcare system.

Osteosarcopenia, a combination of osteoporosis and sarcopenia, is where individuals experience a synchronic loss of bone mineral density and muscle mass, strength, and function which represents a huge threat to a loss of independence.

Although healthcare professionals may be aware of the importance of fall prevention in older persons, the newness of sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia means these conditions are rarely diagnosed and risks identified for falls and fractures.

To address this knowledge gap, Prof Gustavo Duque from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) assembled a multidisciplinary team to develop an education course specifically designed for busy healthcare professionals.

“These are very new diseases and as researchers and clinicians in this constantly evolving field we wish to empower HCPs with the latest breakthroughs in assessment and treatment to assist their older patients,” Prof Duque said.

This highly interactive course, Osteosarcopenia: Preventing falls and fractures, provides healthcare professionals with the tools to effectively identify at-risk patients, manage and treat these new diseases.

Developed in collaboration with the Mobile Learning Unit, e-learning modules are accessible across any smart device, including a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

The course is structured into small building blocks, to logically build a solid foundation of practical knowledge which can be immediately assimilated into daily practice.

“The knowledge and skills implemented from this course will ultimately provide older patients with confidence and freedom once they are identified and actively engaged in an appropriate treatment program,” Prof Duque said.

“It’s important to ensure older people maintain their independence for as long as possible and this course provides HCPs with the necessary framework to keep their patients from prematurely increasing their morbidity and mortality risk,” he said.

“Our multidisciplinary team is actively involved in cutting-edge clinical trials and research and our course delivers the latest developments in this field for HCPs to assist older people with maintaining a quality of life.”

About the Course Director:  Prof Gustavo Duque

A world leader in ageing and musculoskeletal research, Prof Gustavo Duque is a geriatrician and clinical and biomedical researcher with a special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in the elderly.  He is Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne.  Prof Duque implemented a new falls and fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital, Western Health, where patients are comprehensively assessed and treated to optimise their outcomes.

About Osteosarcopenia: Preventing falls and fractures in older people

Aimed at primary healthcare physicians and allied health professionals, this 15-hour RACGP Category 1 accredited e-learning course, accessible across multiple platforms, includes six tutorials for obtaining knowledge and skills, readily assimilated into daily clinical practice, in osteoporosis, sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia.  Topics covered include:

  • Bone and muscle biology
  • Pathophysiology of osteoporosis and sarcopenia
  • Risk factors and clinical assessment
  • Diagnostic methods
  • Treatment options

There are 12 interactive cases studies and the course can be progressed or suspended, when necessary, to balance learning with other commitments. Content is divided into a series of small blocks, which layer to form a tutorial, building knowledge in stages. A learning unit can be completed in a matter of minutes and users are in complete control of their learning pace.

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About the Mobile Learning Unit, University of Melbourne

The Mobile Learning Unit was established by the Melbourne Medical School to support academics to create and deliver portable and flexible continuing professional development. The unit is led by Prof Alistair Royse and Prof Colin Royse who are passionate about advanced e-learning and have more than 14 years of experience in developing and evolving mobile learning solutions tailored for healthcare professionals.

For more information: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/ffu6

Osteosarcopenia Course Contact

Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen
Course Coordinator
+61 3 8395 8114

Mobile Learning Unit Contact

Edwina Coller
+61 3 9035 8118