Formed on November 29, 2018, the Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance (APFFA) comprises seven global and regional member organisations from the geriatrics, orthopaedics, osteoporosis and rehabilitation sectors.

The organisation’s primary purpose is to drive policy change, improve awareness and change political and professional mindsets to facilitate optimal fragility fracture management across Asia Pacific (APAC).

Mission

APFFA’s mission is to promote multidisciplinary collaboration and change policy to facilitate best practice in the acute care, rehabilitation and secondary prevention of fragility fractures

Vision

APFFA’s vision is to deliver effective care, fewer fractures and better outcomes for people living in Asia Pacific

Strategic Plan

APFFA’s Strategic Plan 2020-2022 outlines the organisation’s priorities over three years. In 2020 we are focusing on the promotion of the APFFA Education Working Group’s activities

Read the Strategic Plan here

Working Groups

APFFA’s primary workflows will be delivered through the following Working Groups

Education

Addressing the pressing need for widespread educational programmes that support the development of a suitably skilled workforce to deliver a multidisciplinary approach to acute management, rehabilitation and secondary fracture prevention for all people who sustain fragility fractures in the region.

Registries

Implementation of hip fracture registries across Asia Pacific will support quality improvement initiatives by enabling benchmarking of all aspects of care against clinical standards.

Evidence Generation

Characterising the profile of hip fracture patients in the region, the human and economic burden of fractures, and provision of post-hip fracture osteoporosis care.

Member organisations

A Regional Fragility Fracture Summit for Asia Pacific was convened in May 2018 in Singapore, uniting representatives from regional geriatric medicine, orthopaedics, osteoporosis and rehabilitation organisations and those from international organisations focusing on osteoporosis and fragility fractures.

This Summit laid the foundations for the formation, and subsequent launch of the Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance (APFFA) announced in Sydney, Australia in November 2018.

Member organisations signed a multi-party Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in late 2018 to drive policy change, improve awareness and change political and professional mindsets in order to facilitate optimal fragility fracture management across the Asia Pacific region.

Regional and global member organisations constituting APFFA include:

Governance

APFFA member organisations signed a multiparty Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in late 2018 which confirmed Dato’ Dr. Joon-Kiong Lee and Professor Derrick Chan as Co-Chairs of a Joint Steering Committee put in place to ensure successful and transparent management of APFFA’s working streams and projects.

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Dato’ Dr. Joon-Kiong Lee

Deputy Medical Director, Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Beacon Hospital, Malaysia

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Dato’ Dr. Joon-Kiong Lee DSPN, DJN

MBBS (Mal.), FRCS (Edin.), MS ORTHO (Mal.), AM (Mal.), CCD (ISCD)

Deputy Medical Director, Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Beacon Hospital, Malaysia

Dato’ Dr. Joon-Kiong Lee is the Deputy Medical Director,  Head of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Beacon Hospital, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, where he also acts as Chief Coordinator and Leader for its Fracture Liaison Service (FLS). Dato’ Dr. Lee is also the Chief Coordinator of Fracture Liaison Service Project under the Fragility Fracture Network of Malaysia, a member of the steering committee for the Asia Pacific Bone Academy and South East Asia Bone Academy, and serves as a trainer for Fracture Liaison Service Program. He also practices at the Advanced Neuroscience and Orthopedic Center (ANOC), Kuala Lumpur.

Dato’ Dr. Lee is current Chair of the Asia Pacific-South Africa Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Orthopedic Association (APOA) – International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Orthopedic Initiative Program. He also acts as Coordinator for the IOF-ISCD-AFOS (Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies) Tripartite Regional Alliance, and is author of the IOF Asian Audit (Malaysian Chapter) 2009 and Asia Pacific Audit (Malaysian Chapter) 2013.

Dato’ Dr. Lee is the current President, Board Member and Executive Committee Member of ISCD (International Society for Clinical Densitometry) and Past Chair of the ISCD Asia Pacific Panel. Moreover, he is current Vice President of the Association of Fragility Fracture Network of Malaysia.

Dato’ Dr. Lee is the Founding and Immediate Past President of the Osteoporosis Awareness Society of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (OASKLS) – Patient Society, and also the Past President of Malaysian Osteoporosis Society (MOS) – Doctor Society in Malaysia. In addition, he is the Founding Member of AFOS.

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Professor Derrick Chan

Superintendent, National Taiwan University Hospital, Chu-Tung Branch and attending physician, Department of Geriatrics & Gerontology, Taiwan

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Professor Derrick Chan MD, PhD, FACP

Superintendent, National Taiwan University Hospital, Chu-Tung Branch and attending physician, Department of Geriatrics & Gerontology, Taiwan 

Professor Derrick Chan is Superintendent of the National Taiwan University Hospital, Chu-Tung Branch, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He is also an attending physician at the Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.

Prof Chan graduated from National Taiwan University College of Medicine and obtained his PhD in Gerontology and Long-Term Care from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, MD, and his fellowship training with the Harvard geriatric fellowship program in Boston, MA, USA.

In 2014, Prof Chan played a central role in establishing Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) at National Taiwan University Hospital and its Bei-Hu branch. The programs were awarded Gold and Silver Stars, respectively, by the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s Capture the Fracture® program. Prof Chan has been working with the Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association to host workshops to expand the FLS network in Taiwan.

In March 2017, the Taiwan FLS network received the Best Secondary Fracture Prevention Campaign Award at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO) in Florence, Italy. Prof Chan also worked with international and regional experts to publish the “Consensus on Best Practice Standards for Fracture Liaison Service in the Asia-Pacific Region” in 2018.

In May 2018, November 2018, and May 2019, Prof Chan, together with Dato’ Dr. Joon-Kiong Lee, co-chaired meetings of the Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance. Prof Chan has also been a steering committee member of the Asia Pacific Bone Academy since 2016, and an active member at its annual meeting. In April 2019, the Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association received Best World Osteoporosis Day 2018 Campaign Awards at the WCO-IOF-ESCEO in Paris, with a focus on FLS.

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