Do you have Osteoporosis or Osteopenia?

Our bones are living tissue and constantly remodelling through our life. Osteoporosis or porous bone, is a disease whereby bone resorption is higher than the bone deposition reducing the bone’s density and quality, leaving it brittle and thus at greater risk of fracture. There are often no symptoms of this bone loss until the first fracture occurs.

Onero LogoBurleigh Heads Physiotherapy Centre can help you. We offer a groundbreaking bone building program called Onero.  Onero is Latin for “load” or “burden” and that’s what bone needs to maintain or improve its mass. We reach our peak bone density in our early 20’s. Unfortunately, most of us don’t do enough correct loading and which can lead to bone loss. As the saying goes – If you don’t use it, you lose it!

Bone loading needs to done in a specific way and to be done safely, you need close supervision from people who have specific training. That’s where Burleigh Heads Physiotherapy Centre can help.

It’s very exciting to have a proven* intervention to offer people who are interested in improving their bone health. We have an exclusive licence from The Bone Clinic in Brisbane so you can access this program right here in Burleigh. We are contributing data to their ongoing research on Onero. We utilize a proven bone building program designed by researchers at Griffith University, Parklands and at The Bone Clinic. All our physiotherapists and exercise physiologists who participate in this training program have completed further education provided by The Bone Clinic.

Read our – Bone Health FAQ’s

How can we help you?

Bone building relies on many different factors eg diet, weight bearing exercise/loading bone, vitamin D and medications among others. We can help assess a few of these factors under the one roof. We have a team comprised of physiotherapists, a dietician and an exercise physiologist to provide you with a comprehensive look at your current status and we work out a plan specific for your better bone health. The research has shown that you need to do at least 2 bone targeted classes per week to improve your bone mass.

What next?

  1. Complete the Pre-exercise screening tool (part 1 only) so we can determine whether you need to see your GP before you start with us.
  2. Once you have returned your pre-screening forms to us, if you don’t need to see your GP first, we’ll ring you to book you in for your initial assessments.
  3. Before starting you will require:
    1. Exercise Physiology Initial Assessment Consultation 45minutes ($88) where Kelly will complete tests for your balance and function. Please bring your bone density scans and reports with you for this initial consult.
    2. If there are any precautions we need to take with your musculoskeletal system (joints or pelvic floor), Kelly will refer you to see one of our physiotherapists. Speak to reception regarding cost.
    3. Dietitian consultation 45 mins, this allows you to go through your current diet, asses your calcium and vitamin D intake and discuss the optimal requirements for bone growth. (If you have already been to The Bone Clinic this is not required.)
    4. If you haven’t already had one, our physiotherapists can refer you for an EOS scan (bulk billed) to measure your thoracic angle and your GP will need to refer you for a bone density (DXA).
    5. Our exercise physiologist will then need to see you for a 1 on 1 training session for 30minutes to teach exercise techniques and ensure you are doing them safely, determine load setting and any modifications that need to be made for you. Sometimes a second 1 on 1 training session may be required.
    6. You are now ready to join the classes. These are supervised classes of a maximum of 4 participants. You need to attend at least twice a week for bone growth and we book you in for standard time each week. We deduct $84 on a fortnightly basis in the form of direct debit. Please ask admin for terms and conditions.
    7. After you have been following the program for 12months we recommend a review with our dietitian, exercise physiologist and another DEXA scan to examine how effective it has been.

We have many class times Monday-Saturday subject to availability. Our friendly admin team will help you find the times that suit.

Please note – Private health rebates do apply for the assessments or you may be eligible for the Chronic Disease Management (or EPC) program under Medicare which will give you rebates on the physio, exercise physiotherapy and dietician interventions. Ask your GP if you are eligible.

Private Health may cover your class costs under your exercise physiology /physiotherapy cover or under healthy living programs also so check with your health fund.

Read our – Bone Health FAQ’s

*Watson SL, Weeks BK, Weis L, Horan SA, and Beck BR (2015) Heavy resistance training is safe and improves bone, function and stature in postmenopausal woman with low to very low bone mass: Novel early findings from the LIFTMOR trial. Osteoporosis International, 2015, DOI 10.1007/s00198-015-3263-2.

** Beck BR, Weeks BK, Weis LJ, Harding A, Horan S, Watson SL: Restoring Standing Height: Yet Another Benefit of Exercise for the Osteoporosis. ASBMR 2015 Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA, Oct 9-12, 2015

Our Bone Building/ONERO™ Gurus

Dan Turner

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Luke Skillington


Stefanie Gawlik

Stefanie Gawlik


Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson

Exercise Physiologist

This service is available at the following locations

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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