Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society

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Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society
PredecessorSeries of bone research symposia
Formation1988 (1988)
FounderProfessor Thomas John (Jack) Martin
PurposePrincipal professional body for scientists and clinicians involved in bone and mineral metabolism research in Australia and New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand
ServicesBone research
Over 500
Official language
Key people
Sol Posen, Roger Melick, Christopher and Margie Nordin
AffiliationsInternational Congress on Calcium Regulating Hormones, International Osteoporosis Foundation, Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research
DisbursementsSeveral grants and awards

The Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) is a not-for-profit collegiate organisation and principal professional body for scientists and clinicians involved in bone and mineral metabolism research in Australia and New Zealand.

Since its inception in 1988, the ANZBMS has become one of the premier bone research societies in Australia, with its members recognised for their outstanding contributions made to clinical and biomedical musculoskeletal research. The ANZBMS continues to act as a policy advisor to governments[1] and the community[2][3] throughout Australasia on issues such as clinical bone disease and funding for musculoskeletal research.

Aims and Purpose of the Society[edit]

The major goal of the ANZBMS is the nurturing, development and dissemination of new knowledge regarding bone and mineral metabolism, with particular emphasis on issues of clinical relevance. The ANZBMS aims to promote excellence in bone and mineral research, to foster the integration of clinical and basic science, and to facilitate the translation of our science to health care. The society prides itself of its continued and successful activities to advance the education of clinicians, allied health professionals and the public in the nature of and management of diseases impacting upon the skeleton.


The ANZBMS developed from a series of bone research symposia held in the late 1970s and early 1980s throughout Australia and New Zealand, which eventually led to the founding of the society at the Auckland Bone Symposium in 1988, with Professor Thomas John (Jack) Martin[4] as its inaugural president. The first annual meeting was held in Perth in 1990.[5] Since then, the society has continued to hold successful scientific meetings on an annual basis, with a focus on biomedical and clinical research in musculoskeletal biology and disease.

Over the last decade, the ANZBMS membership has grown continuously and is now over 500. The ANZBMS maintains regular contact with its members through its website and e-newsletters.[6] A strategic plan, drafted by ANZBMS Council in 2006, aimed to enhance membership involvement and implement initiatives to encourage young investigators to pursue careers in bone and mineral research. The ANZBMS has developed, and strongly supports, advocacy initiatives to facilitate increased funding for bone research from governmental and non-governmental sources in both Australia and New Zealand. Members of the society actively address clinical and basic science issues[7][8][9] and take leadership roles in identifying, defining and then developing strategic plans to address key problems in basic and clinical musculoskeletal science.[10][11]

National and International Collaborations[edit]

The ANZBMS liaises extensively with other international societies with shared interests. The first joint meeting with the International Congress on Calcium Regulating Hormones (later to become the International Bone and Mineral Society or IBMS) was held in Melbourne in 1995. This relationship was further strengthened with the 2000 International Bone and Hormone Meeting held on Hamilton Island and the 2007 joint meeting in Sydney. In 1999, the ANZBMS joined the Committee of National Societies of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

In 2011, the ANZBMS hosted the 2nd IOF Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis and Bone Meeting, a high calibre scientific event held in conjunction with the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research. In 2012, the ANZBMS became the third society to establish a firm partnership with the International Bone and Mineral Society, facilitating scientific collaboration and open access to the BoneKey knowledge environment. Other member societies of IBMS are the Spanish Research Society for Bone and Mineral Metabolism (SEIOMM) and the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research (JSBMR).[12] In 2017, the ANZBMS will host a joint IBMS/ANZBMS meeting in Brisbane.

The ANZBMS maintains close links to Osteoporosis Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that is the main consumer body in the bone area in Australia.

ANZBMS Council[edit]

A democratically elected council governs the affairs of ANZBMS. The council consists of the president, immediate past president, president elect, treasurer, secretary and further members from New Zealand and each Australian state. View current and past council members.


The ANZBMS organises and runs high quality scientific meetings[13] to fulfill the educational and collaborative needs of researchers and clinicians working in bone diseases across Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

In addition to its Annual Scientific Meeting, the Society runs a number of educational and training courses. The first ANZBMS Bone Densitometry Course was held in Sydney in 2001, providing a high quality accreditation programme that quickly became an integral annual part of the Society’s educational programme. The ANZBMS Advanced Clinical Postgraduate Meetings in Bone Disease, held biannually across Australia and New Zealand, focuses on clinical aspects of musculoskeletal biology and disease and targets younger members of the scientific and clinical community.


In 2002, an AU$15,000 travel grant was created by the ANZBMS in memory of Christine Martin and to honour the scientific contributions of Professor Jack Martin. This grant facilitates the travel of ANZBMS members to undertake bone and mineral research in any aspect of basic or clinical science.

The ANZBMS also offers several other grants and awards[14] that recognise the high standard of bone and mineral research and promote education. These include the Sol Posen Research Award, the Roger Melick Young Investigator Award, the Christopher and Margie Nordin Young Investigator Poster Award, the Kaye Ibbertson Award for Bone and Mineral Medicine, the ANZBMS Career Achievement Award and, in conjunction with Osteoporosis Australia, the Philip Sambrook Award.[15] These and a number of other (travel) awards are available to financial members of ANZBMS.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal". Australian Government - National Health and Medical Research Council. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  2. ^ "How to keep your bones strong". La Trobe University. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Vitamin D". Australian Government Department of Health. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Martin, T. John". Trove. 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society 25 Year Anniversary Newsletter" (PDF). ANZBMS News. Sep 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  6. ^ "ANZBMS News Items and Updates". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Statement about Numerous Errors in Tuesday night's story on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)" (PDF). ANZBMS. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  8. ^ Grimm, Nick (11 Dec 2007). "The 7:30 Report - Concern over osteoporosis drug". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  9. ^ "ABC 7:30 Report Response Letter - 8 Feb 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  10. ^ Wilson, Pamela (3 Apr 2012). "Vitamin D: how do you know if you're getting enough?". ABC Health and Wellbeing - The Pulse. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  11. ^ Throsby, Margaret (6 Oct 2011). "Professor Rebecca Mason talks about Vitamin D". ABC Classic FM. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  12. ^ "2013 Annual Report" (PDF). Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  13. ^ "ANZBMS Conferences". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  14. ^ "ANZBMS Grants and Awards". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  15. ^ Aubusson, Kate (19 Apr 2012). "Professor Sambrook passes away, award announced in his honour". Endocrinology Update. Retrieved 14 May 2014.

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