Patient Resources

Statement on the benefits of dietary calcium.

The Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Osteoporosis Australia and Endocrine Society of Australia collectively reject the suggestion of Mr Pete Evans (reported in the Sydney Morning Herald1, ABC2and recently on the programme Sunday Night3, 26th March 2017) that “calcium from dairy can remove the calcium from your bones" or that calcium obtained from dairy foods can cause or contribute to osteoporosis.

Ensuring sufficient calcium intake is an important component for bone health across the entire lifespan. Dairy foods are an important and inexpensive source of calcium for many individuals, and most Australians obtain the majority of their calcium intake from dairy sources. Dairy foods also represent an important source of protein and calories for many frail older people.

Men and women with osteopaenia or osteoporosis should be reassured and confident that a good dairy intake does not have adverse effects upon skeletal health.

Prof Emma Duncan
President, ANZBMS

A/Prof Warrick Inder
President, Endocrine Society of Australia

Prof Peter Ebeling
Medical Director, Osteoporosis Australia



ANZBMS OA and ESA response to Pete Evans





PATIENT RESOURCES IN ENDOCRINOLOGY- a partnership between ESA and the US Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society of Australia have established an international collaboration with the US Endocrine Society to adapt patient information to the Australian setting and make them readily available.

These resources are rigorously developed, evidence based and aimed to support patients to understand their endocrine condition with the support of their doctor.

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These are available in both English and Chinese.

*This information is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your doctor.

*Please note that only the information on the Australian link below is adapted to national settings including medications and tests. Other resources on the US website may be helpful but may not be consistent with Australian practice.


Multilanguage resources to help people with diabetes

New research conducted by Diabetes Australia (DA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) suggests that people with diabetes need more relevant information to equip them to manage their condition during and after an emergency.

The new resources are profiled in a stakeholder action kit,which was jointly developed by DA and ADEA to provide emergency preparedness information fororganisations that help people with diabetes.

You can also click here to download the stakeholder action kit.

Information in the kit is evidence-based and was tested with health professionals and people with diabetes from five of Australia’s major language groups: English, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Resources for people with diabetes include the My Diabetes Plan and the Managing Your Diabetes in an Emergency flyer. Both are available in five languages. The kit also includes information for medical and emergency services about the effects of emergency situations on people with diabetes.