All Wales Osteoporosis Advisory Group (WOAG)
In association with the Royal Osteoporosis Society
Chair – Professor Mike Stone
Vice Chair – Dr Antony Johansen
Secretary – Debbie Stone (NOS)
Committee member – Professor Wil Evans
Committee member – Dr Annette Eales
Committee member – Dr Will Havelock
Committee member – Dr Inder Singh
WOAG was established in 2001 with the aim of;
- Developing, establishing and disseminating advice and guidance to Local Health Boards on matters related to osteoporosis.
- Liaising with the Welsh Government.
- Developing and implementing strategies that will provide equitable osteoporosis services across Wales.
- Holding scientific meetings and supporting the training and development of all those involved in promoting bone health in Wales.
WOAG currently has 125 members (all registered health professionals from across Wales) who work with people with, or at risk of, osteoporosis and fragility fracture. The network includes professors, consultants, doctors, nurses, GPs, radiographers, radiologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists and specialist therapists. We welcome new members and the network is free to join
WOAG is now established as an All-Wales Osteoporosis Clinical Network under the umbrella of the Royal Osteoporosis Society (since 2016).
All Wales Audit of Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures
Archwiliad o Ataliad Toresgyrn Osteoporotig Eilaidd Cymru Gyfan 2015
All Wales Audit of Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures 2015
During May 2015, WOAG undertook an audit of all acute centres in Wales that manage fragility fracture patients. The audit was undertaken to inform the understanding of current service provision with regards to Orthogeriatric Services and Fracture Liaison Services across Wales. The results of the audit provide an accurate picture of secondary fracture prevention services for the people of Wales.
Upcoming WOAG meetings are listed on our healthcare professional events page.
WOAG Spring 2019 educational meeting
Clinicians came together to debate the challenges and opportunities for improving care for people affected by osteoporosis in Wales.
We used a new format for the meeting - asking local healthcare professionals to present on the practical issues with caring for patients in their locality. The case studies sparked some lively debate, with subjects ranging from DXA scanning to exercise, and offered the opportunity to explore how our resources support patients, individual healthcare professionals, and services.
Download the Management of Low BMD in Young Adults and Safe Practice in DXA Scanning and Interpretation presentations using the links below.
WOAG Bones Cymru 2018: Skills and knowledge meeting
In September 2018, the All Wales Osteoporosis Advisory Group (WOAG), in conjunction with the Royal Osteoporosis Society (then the National Osteoporosis Society), hosted its first Welsh Skills and Knowledge meeting focusing on the management of fragility fracture patients. There were lively discussions on an exciting variety of topics including models of care in Wales to manage fragility fracture patients, identification of patients with vertebral fractures, recording activity around fragility fractures, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and dental health. Attendees also learned about the support that is available from the Royal Osteoporosis Society (then the National Osteoporosis Society) for healthcare professionals and patients in Wales.
Download the osteonecrosis of the jaw and dental health presentation using the link below.
WOAG Bones Cymru 2018 Renal Bone Disease Clinical Meeting
In July 2018, the All Wales Osteoporosis Advisory Group (WOAG), in conjunction with the Royal Osteoporosis Society (then the National Osteoporosis Society), hosted its first Welsh meeting on the pathophysiology and management of renal bone disease. The event attracted 60 delegates who were updated on the latest KDIGO guidelines for CKD-MBD (Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral Bone Disorder) and learned about the relevance of this in the day to day management of their patients.
The presentations expanded the delegates knowledge on this challenging subject and inspired much lively debate: Professor Mike Stone (Visiting Professor University of South Wales School of Health, Consultant Physician & Director of Bone Research, Bone Research Unit, Cardiff and Chair of WOAG) opened the meeting with a session on CKD-MBD. This was followed by Dr Sanjeev Patel (Consultant Rheumatologist, Kings College Hospital Foundation Trust, London and Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology at St Georges Hospital Medical School, London) who spoke on osteoporosis and CKD. The meeting was concluded by Dr Antony Johansen (Clinical Lead - National Hip Fracture Database, Consultant in Orthogeriatrics & Trauma Medicine, Cardiff Trauma Unit and Vice Chair of WOAG) who drew on the learning of both talks to challenge practice in the care of hip fracture patients.
Download the presentations using the links below.
WOAG 2018 DXA meeting
The All Wales Osteoporosis Advisory Group, in conjunction with the Royal Osteoporosis Society (then the National Osteoporosis Society) hosted its first Welsh DXA meeting on Tuesday 24 April. The event attracted 50 delegates with an interest in bone densitometry. They learned about best practice in DXA scanning and reporting, and how the Royal Osteoporosis Society can support them with professional development.
Ellen Devine's (Training Officer, Royal Osteoporosis Society) presentation on the educational resources provided by the charity included the Welsh launch of the brand new online ROS Bone Densitometry Foundation Course. Jill Griffin (Consultant Practitioner, Healthy Bones Service, Derriford Hospital Plymouth) explored best practice around DXA referral, IR(ME)R regulations, DXA technique & DXA Reporting.
Both presentations sparked some lively debate and many delegates commented on how the event both inspired them and challenged them to examine their own clinical practice.
Download both Ellen and Jill's presentations using the links below.