Lydia Osteoporosis Plus Project

Started in 2011, thanks to the incredible generosity from an anonymous donor, the Lydia Osteoporosis Plus Project is a research, education and engagement programme run by QMU.

Over 3 million people in the UK (around 300,000 people in Scotland) live with osteoporosis, a health condition that weakens bones, making them more fragile and more likely to fracture.  It is estimated that osteoporosis accounts for about 527,000 fractures per year in the UK.  

The project’s aim is to raise awareness of osteoporosis as a public health priority, and is inspired by our donor's aunts who suffered from osteoporosis. 

Now in its fourth phase, the Lydia Project team takes the research findings from previous stages and works with frontline healthcare staff and QMU Allied Health Professional students to increase awareness of osteoporosis and highlight that it's possible to live well with the condition.

The project promotes person-centred safe and effective practice by investigating the implications of osteoporosis for moving and handling activities, the high risk of low trauma or fragility fractures and the importance of bone health. 

For more information and online learning resources, visit the Lydia Plus Osteoporosis Project website