Osteoporosis IV Infusion Treatment

Osteoporosis causes our bones to lose strength, and become weaker and thinner. This results in them breaking more easily. As part of the treatment of Osteoporosis at our IV Infusion Centre, you may be prescribed an annual IV Infusion treatment, to increase bone density, strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of fractures.

IV infusions for Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones which leads to them becoming thin and fragile. Subsequently, this results in bones breaking more easily. Sometimes this can occur even if you only have a minor injury, or while doing everyday activities.

Osteoporosis can occur at any age, but is very common in older adults, affecting over 50% of women and around 30% of men aged over 60 in NZ. Osteoporosis can be inherited, so it’s good to be aware if it runs in your family.

Fortunately, you can control some of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis.  Being mindful of a good diet, not smoking, minimising alcohol, having adequate calcium and Vitamin D and doing regular weight-bearing exercise all help.

Treatment options include medication that will start to protect and strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of fractures.

One treatment option for this condition is having to get an Intravenous Infusion. Our clinical team can prescribe you an IV Infusion for Osteoporosis treatment if necessary.

What happens when you have an IV Infusion for Osteoporosis treatment?

  • If you require IV therapy, our clinic staff will administer it in a drip that is inserted into your vein. The infusion takes around 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Usually, Osteoporosis medication given by IV Infusion is prescribed annually.
  • You will also have blood tests to monitor your calcium levels.
  • To get good results from the IV infusion you should to follow your doctor’s recommendations on diet and exercise.

Do you need a check for Osteoporosis ?

Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent disease” as bone loss happens without any outward signs. You might benefit from a  talk with your doctor about the possibility of osteoporosis if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Fractured (broken) your hip, wrist or spine at some point.
  • Other members of your family have had Osteoporosis.
  • Broken a bone since you turned 50.
  • Had a fracture caused by a minor bump or fall.
  • Noticed you’ve become shorter.
The friendly staff at our IV Infusion Clinic will be happy to talk with you and advise diagnostic tests like a Bone Density Scan (DEXA) and treatment options, including medication and lifestyle changes.

Health Care Professionals providing IV Infusions for Osteoporosis

Kimberley Buckley
Fluent in English. Kimberley completed her Bachelor of Health Science Nursing in 2002 and Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Speciality Nursing.
Mai Nguyen
Fluent in English and Vietnamese. Mai graduated with her nursing degree at Massey University in 2020.
Mei Liu
Fluent in English and Mandarin. Mei is an overseas nurse and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences from the University of Auckland in 2008
Roshni Prakash
Fluent in English and Hindi. Roshni completed her nursing training in 1991 and has been employed in various healthcare settings.
Mary Chapman
Fluent in English and can understand Khmer and speak basic Khmer. Mary completed her nursing training in 2002.
Chris Gray
Fluent in English. Chris trained at Middlemore Hospital in 1983. An experienced nurse, with a background in Practice nursing and District Nursing.
Taryn-Lee Luiters
Fluent in English and Afrikaans. Taryn-lee graduate from Manukau Institute of Technology in 2021 and is passionate about working on improving community health.
Tara Mougavalu-Fui
Fluent in English, Niuean and Samoan. Tara graduated from Manukau Institute of Technology in 2012 and has broad experience in general practice and urgent care.
Nerice Fourie
Fluent in English and Afrikaans. Nerice completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2018 and is completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science.
Claire Bidois
Fluent in English. Claire graduated as a comprehensive nurse in 1991. Her background is mainly in practice nursing and urgent care nursing.

Frequently asked questions

To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement.

You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:

  • NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
  • International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration

On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.

Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.

This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.

Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.

The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:

0-39 years 40 years: 15 Minutes - 30 minutes

40 years+: 15 Minutes - 30 minutes

 0-13 yrs 14-17 yrs 18-39 yrs 40+ yrs
 Free $10 for screening and appointment $10 for screening and appointment $10 for screening and appointment
 Free $13 for Doctor appointment  $19.50  $39 for double appointment

Payment is required at the time of consultation

You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.

Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.

There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials

We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.

If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.

All consultations are by appointment only.

Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Set up access to your patient portal at http://www.botanyjunctionmedical.co.nz/patient-portal/ or email info@bjdocs.co.nz if you would like help.

We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).

Under 14 years free
14-17 years $13
18+ years $15
Urgent prescription 14+ years $25

The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.

We are open Monday to Friday 8.15am to 5.00pm.

For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.

These are consultation prices only.

Under 14 Years - Free 14 - 17 years - $13.00 18 years & over - $19.50

Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.

We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.