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The best first treatment for hip + knee osteoarthritis

6 exercises – 12 sessions – 2 education classes – 3 months follow up

What is GLA:D® Australia?

Run and fully supervised by our trained physiotherapists, GLA:D® Australia is a not-for-profit initiative led by La Trobe University that reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research and helps patients manage hip and knee OA symptoms. Learn more at

What does GLA:D® involve?

  • An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability
  • Two education sessions that teach you about OA, its risk factors, treatment options and self-management strategies
  • Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve your control of the joint, your confidence in the joint and your strength
  • A review at three months to discuss your progress and goals and re-measure your functional ability
  • Completion of a questionnaire on registration with the program, and then again at three and 12 months after registration to measure changes in areas such as pain, function, quality of life, and medication use

Can I Participate in GLA:D® Australia?

GLA:D® Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity. You may participate in the GLA:D® Australia program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.

Background of the GLA:D® Program

Program Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include a less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.


We welcome members from all health funds and those who don’t hold cover to join the GLA:D® Program.

Fully covered for eligible HBF members*

*The GLAD® Program is fully covered for eligible members who hold eligible hospital covers. Members may participate in the program once per lifetime. Waiting periods and other terms and conditions may apply. Contact HBF on 133 423 to check eligibility.

Fully covered for eligible Bupa members^
^Fund, policy, waiting periods and program eligibility rules apply including, being 18 years or older with diagnosed, symptomatic hip or knee osteoarthritis and holding a domestic Bupa Hospital product that includes joint replacement cover. Customers must be referred in writing to the program by a treating physiotherapist and must not have participated in the GLA:D® Program or the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life Program funded by Bupa in the previous 12 months.

Other health funds
We accept all health funds and private paying clients. Please chat to your local Life Ready team about private fees or claiming through your health fund.

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can impact anyone of any age.

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