Musculoskeletal Initiative

Musculoskeletal Initiative

It is estimated that nearly 26 percent of people in the Northern Sydney region are living with a chronic musculoskeletal condition. Sydney North Health Network, in partnership with Northern Sydney Local Health District and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, is working with general practices and allied health professionals to enhance the experience and delivery of musculoskeletal healthcare for their patients.

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Practice support

A range of resources in the management of hip/knee osteoarthritis and the prevention of osteoporotic fractures is available. In practice education and guidance in recalling patients at risk, completing an initial assessment, and developing and monitoring a care plan can be provided. Email pcait@snhn.org.au or phone Alex Jaksetic on 02 9432 8207 for more information.

NSW Agency of Clinical Innovation models of care


Osteoarthritis – patient resources

Arthritis Australia (information booklets and factsheets)

MyJointPain (online osteoarthritis self-management program)

Australian Rheumatology Association (patient information)


Osteoarthritis – health professional resources

NPS Clinical Topic: Knee and hip osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis of the knee clinical care standard (evidence document, clinician and consumer fact sheets, and infographics)


Osteoporosis and fracture prevention – patient resources

Healthy Bones Australia (information and factsheets)

Know your bones (a fracture prevention initiative)

Staying active and on your feet (consumer booklet)

Active and Healthy NSW (find an exercise program)


Osteoporosis – health professional resources

ThinkGP Musculoskeletal medicine

Active and Healthy NSW (information for professionals)

NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Musculoskeletal Resources


Patient-reported outcomes measures

Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS)

Knee Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS)

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