16 September 2020

GPs are invited to take part in an Osteosarcopenia Scholars Program offered by the University of Melbourne. The course was developed by the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) with other partners.

Background

As the population is rapidly ageing, we are seeing an increased prevalence in chronic diseases. This includes osteopenia/osteoporosis and sarcopenia, two conditions increasingly diagnosed in older patients, which place a significant burden on individuals and the community. Both conditions share common risk factors and are associated with significant physical disability, which represent a huge threat to loss of independence in later life. All clinicians need up to date knowledge on osteosarcopenia.

Benefits of participation

All participants completing the Scholars Program will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Melbourne, 40 RACGP points as this is an RACGP CPD accredited activity (formerly Category 1), and will also have lifetime access to the course content.

Time commitment

The online course takes 15 hours to complete.

Waiving of course fees

Course fees ($550) will be waived for the first 100 GPs who register and are willing to complete two short surveys. The pre- and post-course surveys are anonymous and confidential and explore GPs’ approach to osteosarcopenic patients. GPs having their fees waived will also receive a Quick Reference Summary Card, an AIMSS handbook summarising learnings and a free dynamometer (worth $30) to measure grip strength.

Registration

For registration and other details please see the flyer (.pdf).

With the Department of Medicine – Western Health, The University of Melbourne.

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