GLA:D Hip and Knee Program

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GLA:D program

GLA:D Australia program servicing Glen Iris, Malvern East & Ashburton

Online GLA:D allowing you access in the comfort of your own home

The best first line of treatment for hip and knee osteoarthritis

Unique program of education and exercise which can be applied to everyday activities

Supported by evidence

GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

What is the GLA:D program?

This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms.

It consists of:

  • Two one-on-one physio appointments
  • Two educational sessions
  • Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks.

Your physio appointments with a certified GLA:D instructor, will further educate you about the program, understand your current main problems and take measurements on your level of function.

The two seminar sessions will teach you about OA, how the GLA:D™ Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program.

While the exercise sessions will target improved muscle control of the joint which leads to a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.

Who can participate in the progam?

GLA:D™ Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee OA symptoms, regardless of severity or stage.

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.


Where is the location of the program?

All sessions (supervised exercise and seminars) will be on site at SportsFit Physio & Health in Glen Iris.

What is the cost?

The total cost of the program is $650 (for on-site). Our Online GLA:D program is currently $450.

The program is claimable under private health insurance.


Why choose GLA:D?

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis

Offers a better and safer alternative than a surgical approach for your initial treatment of OA

Is backed by evidence, ie. it has been shown to be effective. Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%

Has shown other positive outcomes including 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

Do I need a referral?

No, however we do accept referrals and people referred by their GP under Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) can use these sessions for the 1:1 assessments as part of the program. 

How do I book?

To start the program book HERE for your assessment.  Alternatively you can call our friendly admin team on 8840 8066.

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