Study of Indigenous Muscle and Bone Ageing (SIMBA)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have a substantially greater fracture and falls risk than non-Indigenous Australians. This research study aims to understand why falls and fracture risk is higher, in order to improve screening and diagnosis of osteoporosis.

Benefits to you

  • Free health check-up that includes blood and physical performance tests, bone density and body composition scans
  • Learning about musculoskeletal health

Commitment

  • blood tests (we will provide a light breakfast)
  • questionnaires
  • physical performance tests
  • bone density and body composition scans

Eligibility

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Aged >35 years
  • Weigh less than 160 kg
  • At least one side of the body free from any metal or other material that may interfere with imaging
  • no existing medical conditions that may deem participation unsafe or inappropriate (e.g. inability to remain still due to a tremor)
  • women who are not pregnant or have breastfed in the last 6 month

For further enquiries please contact med-bmrg@monash.edu or 0492 467 012,