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IMPORTANT NEWS: POSTPONEMENT OF ALL FACE-TO-FACE FFN  2020 EVENTS

9 April 2020

After extensive discussion of the world’s events and the major changes we are facing and will surely face in the months ahead, it is the judgement of the FFN Executive Committee that all FFN face-to-face regional and global congresses should be postponed until sometime in 2021. This decision considered many factors including, first and foremost, for everyone’s safety, as well as recovery efforts and ease of travel.

The committee has, therefore, decided to postpone the FFN Global Congress in Toronto (originally scheduled for September 2020) for a year (until September 2021) and the one in Melbourne (originally scheduled for 2021) until 2022. Our plan is to maintain the same program that our Scientific Committee has organized for the 2020 Congress as the foundation of the 2021 Congress and make changes as those who already agreed to be on the 2020 program are unable to participate in 2021.  (The same plan holds for our three Regional Expert Meetings scheduled for this year which will also be postponed until 2021.)

One consequence of postponing the 2020 Toronto Congress is that there will not be a General Assembly this year; therefore, elections for officers and Board members cannot take place. Therefore, the FFN Board of Directors has voted to roll over the current elected people for an extra year, so that the same officers, Executive Committee and Board can assure organizational continuity during this unpredictable period.

These changes do not by any means imply a suspension of progress. We already are actively exploring the possibilities for considerably enhanced teleconferencing facilities and systems for having virtual Congresses. This will require significant funding from our sponsors, which we believe is entirely realistic, if we come up with some good ideas for how to use them.  To this end, please forward any ideas you may have.

These decisions were not easy ones. Rather than devote time and resources to planning Congresses that might not take place in the coming months, we felt organizational efforts would be better spent looking at new ways to reach our growing global membership who are not able to travel and who are very interested in what the FFN can offer to improving care of fracture patients.

I wish all of you good health in the weeks and months ahead.  Working together, we will survive this pandemic.

Sincerely,

Jay Magaziner, PhD, M.S. Hyg.
President

About the FFN

Vision

A world where anybody who sustains a fragility fracture
achieves the optimal recovery of independent function and
quality of life, with no further fractures.

Mission

To optimise globally the multidisciplinary management of
the patient with a fragility fracture, including secondary prevention.

Goals

To create a global network of national alliances of fragility fracture activists

To spread globally the best multidisciplinary practice and systems of care for managing fragi lity fractures

To ensure that every fragility fracture becomes an opportunity for systematically preventing further fracture

To promote research aimed at improving the quality of fragility fracture care

To generate political priority for fragility fracture care in all countries

Strategic Focus

In the next five years, the FFN will facilitate national (or regional) multidisciplinary alliances which lead to:

Consensus guidelines

Quality standards

Systematic performance measurement for the care of older people with fragility fracture.

The metric of FFN’s success will be the number of nations in which these goals are achieved.

6 Themes of the FFN

The 6 Themes of the FFN are as follows.
A comprehensive suite of resources are available to FFN members in the Our resources section of the website.

Peri-operative care
Improving the peri-operative care of fragility fracture sufferers has, and will continue to be a major focus for FFN members and a theme of FFN Congresses. The 2 key components of peri-operative care are anaesthesiology and orthopaedic-geriatric co-care (otherwise none as orthogeriatrics).
Surgical treatment
The primary challenge facing surgeons is how to obtain secure fixation of an implant to osteoporotic bone. Leading initiatives from the AO Foundation and Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care Foundation have identified and disseminated best practice.
Rehabilitation
Returning hip fracture sufferers to their pre-fracture level of function and independence is a major challenge. In this regard, provision of effective rehabilitation is a vital component of any system of care for fragility fracture sufferers.
Secondary prevention
Effective secondary prevention must urgently be established as a standard part of post-fracture care throughout the world. The International Osteoporosis Foundation Capture the Fracture ® Campaign provides extensive resources for those seeking to eliminate the secondary prevention care gap.
Research and education
FFN Special Interest Groups are active in establishing a minimum dataset for hip fracture audit, developing evidence-based pathways for vertebral fracture patients and defining key questions in rehabilitation research.
Changing healthcare policy
Driving policy change that will raise fragility fracture care up the healthcare agenda across the world is a major aim of the FFN. FFN Congresses and this website provide a platform for sharing success in the policy arena.

Strategic Plan 2017–2021