Help hip dysplasia to be seen
Approximately 8 children a day are diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia, and the incidence of late diagnosis is rising. Awareness and education are key to stemming the trend of late diagnosis. Healthy Hips Australia aims to increase awareness of hip dysplasia, so that no one need unnecessarily face lengthy and painful treatments.
Early diagnosis is key
Late diagnosis means longer treatment, often months of restricted movement in a brace or plaster cast, a greater chance that painful, invasive surgery will be needed, and a higher risk of complications. All of which can, in many cases, be avoided if hip dysplasia is diagnosed and treated in the first few months of a baby’s life.
Together We Can Make A Difference!
Your contribution, funds Healthy Hips Australia to expand the reach of our hip dysplasia awareness initiatives, and support services for those impacted by the condition across the lifespan in Australia.
Our ability to put hip dysplasia on the national agenda depends on passionate people talking about their experiences and supporting Healthy Hips Australia through donations and fundraising.
By talking about hip dysplasia we can:
- better prepare people for a possible diagnosis and support those impacted throughout treatment,
- reduce risk factors that contribute to the development of hip dysplasia, such as tight swaddling, and
- reduce the incidence of late diagnosis.
So please join us, support us, and help hip dysplasia to be seen!
How you can increase awareness of hip dysplasia
Share your story: Raise awareness of hip dysplasia by telling your personal story. You can share your story in your school newsletter, with your local newspaper, on your local radio station, or with an online community. Please be sure to mention Healthy Hips Australia.
Distribute flyers: Download and print the hip dysplasia infographic. Share it with your GP, paediatrician, local pharmacy, child/maternal health nurse, orthotist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, childcare provider, and playgroup (and any other services you might interact with). Some local councils offer support for volunteers, so ask them for assistance in printing the flyers. Don’t forget to let us know how you go so we can track how far the word spreads.