The Irish Osteoporosis Society Charity (IOS) was founded by Professor Moira O’Brien in 1996 as a patient support organisation for those suffering with Osteoporosis and their families. The Irish Osteoporosis Society is the only organisation in the Republic of Ireland that deals specifically with Osteoporosis.
From the outset, the IOS has been dedicated to reducing the incidence of Osteoporosis, a preventable bone disease in most cases, and promoting bone health. The IOS provides information to the public and health professionals on all aspects of the disease and offers support to people with Osteoporosis and everyone at risk from the disease. The IOS want to significantly decrease the number of senior citizens who are losing their independence from undiagnosed Osteoporosis.
If you or someone you know is affected by Osteoporosis or you are unsure if you are at risk, contact the Charities helpline at 01 637 5050. Osteoporosis is treatable and preventable in most people. It is very rare that a person cannot be treated.
The IOS has the following aims:
- Significantly decrease the number of people affected by Osteoporosis
- Increase the awareness of the problem of Osteoporosis in Ireland
- Provide support, advice and information for people suffering from Osteoporosis
- Establish a network of local awareness groups
- Distribute up-to-date information to doctors and healthcare workers on current methods of prevention and treatment
- Encourage research into this area in Ireland
The Irish Osteoporosis Society is a charitable organisation. It relies on our members and the public’s generosity and support to continue our activities. These activities include:
- Helpline – The IOS operates a Patient Support Helpline throughout the year. The Helpline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The Helpline number is 01 637 5050.
- Press and Advertising – The IOS regularly issues press releases and drafts articles on Osteoporosis for the general media and the medical press.
- Literature & Promotional Materials
The IOS distributes Osteoporosis information (leaflets, books, posters etc.) to Society members, members of the public, GPs, nurses, physiotherapists, other health professionals, clinics etc. These include:
- Osteoporosis: Weight bearing exercise and bone health
- Fall Prevention and Osteoporosis
- Patient Guide to Calcium & Vitamin D3
- Osteoporosis Guidelines Volume 2 for Health professionals
- Fall Prevention poster for GP, Physiotherapy clinics etc
- Usual suspects poster for GP, Physiotherapy clinics etc
- Exercise for Strong Bones book
- Bones, a book by Rugby analyst Brent Pope for 7-12-year olds.
- Website – the IOS website is a comprehensive source of information for both the public and health professionals.
- Public Lectures – Our CEO delivers Osteoporosis information seminars in locations around the country throughout the year. These include senior citizens groups, community groups, women’s groups (for e.g. ICA) pharmacies, schools, and the 50PlusExpos (Dublin, Cork and Galway) among others.
- Schools educational pack: DVD / PowerPoint: The IOS has produced an Osteoporosis / bone health educational pack. It is targeted at secondary school pupils between 12 and 18 years of age. The pack has 140 slide Power Point presentation which can be adjusted for different age groups.
- Awareness Groups – In order to educate and inform people around the country, the IOS has begun the process of establishing a national network of Osteoporosis awareness groups. If you would be interested in becoming part of a regional awareness group, please click here.
- Annual Conference – The IOS hosts an annual international medical conference on Osteoporosis, which is limited to healthcare professionals, every October.
Please NOTE: The Irish Osteoporosis Society is NOT associated with The Osteoporosis Clinic Ireland.
The only test that the Irish Osteoporosis Society recommends for the screening and diagnosing of Osteoporosis, is a DXA scan of your spine and hips. We do not recommend ultrasound of people’s heels or shins.