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New benchmark set to deliver
optimal osteoporosis care throughout Asia Pacific

Launch of first pan-Asia Pacific minimum clinical standards for the screening, diagnosis & management of osteoporosis

Today (Thursday, January 28, 2021), the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO) will launch the first pan-Asia Pacific clinical practice standards for the screening, diagnosis, and management of osteoporosis, targeting a broad range of high-risk groups.


Set for publication in Osteoporosis International, ‘The APCO Framework’ comprises 16 minimum clinical standards that will serve as a benchmark for the provision of optimal osteoporosis care in the region.


This set of clear, concise, relevant and pragmatic clinical standards aim to support national societies, guidelines development authorities, and health care policy makers with the development of new guidelines, and to encourage the revision of existing guidelines.


Implementation of The APCO Framework, or a similar set of standards of care informed by the Framework, is expected to significantly reduce the burden of osteoporosis not only in the Asia Pacific region, but also worldwide.


The number of people aged 60 years and over in the Asia-Pacific region – home to more than a third of the world’s population aged 65 years and over, and to more elderly people than any other region1 – is predicted to triple between 2010 and 2050, reaching a staggering 1.3 billion people.2 Osteoporotic fractures among Asia-Pacific populations are expected to increase exponentially, not only due to the region’s rapidly aging population, but also to mounting urbanisation, and the subsequent increase in sedentary lifestyles.3 Currently one-in-four patients who sustain a hip fracture die within a year, and less than half of those who survive, regain their previous level of function.4,5 


To learn more about how The APCO Framework is set to achieve greater consistency in clinical practice guidelines across Asia Pacific, tee up an interview with an expert (below), today.  

Experts available for interview

Dr Manju Chandran

Dr Philippe Halbout


Prof. Peter Ebeling AO

Dr Zhao Yanling


Prof. Atsushi Suzuki


Prof. Yoon-Sok Chung

Dr Hew Fen Lee

Dato’ Dr. Lee Joon-Kiong

Dr Nigel Gilchrist

Mr Paul Mitchell

APCO Executive Committee Chairperson, Senior Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, Director, Osteoporosis & Bone Metabolism Unit, Singapore General Hospital, SINGAPORE

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), APCO Executive Committee member, SWITZERLAND

Medical Director, Osteoporosis Australia & APCO Executive Committee member, AUSTRALIA

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Beijing United Family Hospital, & APCO Member, Beijing, CHINA

Professor & Chair, Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Fujita Health University & APCO Member, JAPAN

Professor, Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Director, Ajou Institute on Aging, Ajou University Medical Center & APCO Member, KOREA

Consultant Endocrinologist, Puchong Medical Specialist Centre & Subang Jaya Medical Centre, MALAYSIA

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Beacon Hospital, & APCO Member, MALAYSIA

Specialist Consultant Physician, Canterbury District Health Board & APCO Executive Committee Member, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia & APCO Executive Committee Member, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

Media contacts & interviews

Kirsten Bruce & Mel Kheradi, VIVA! Communications, Sydney, Australia

T +61 (0)401 717 566; +61 (0)421 551 257



  1. World Bank Group, Live Long and Prosper - Aging in East Asia and Pacific. 2016.

  2. United National Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia & the Pacific. Ageing. [Nov, 2020]; Available from:

  3. International Osteoporosis Foundation, The Asia-Pacific Regional Audit: Epidemiology, costs & burden of osteoporosis in 2013. 2013. p. 1-128.

  4. National Osteoporosis Foundation, NOF's Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis.

  5. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Musculoskeletal fact sheet. Osteoporosis. [cited Jan, 2020]; Available from: