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.  

This a physio led 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. Full program details follow the GP referral snapshot below.

GLA:D referral in a snapshot for GP & Allied Health Providers

How many treatments:

  • 1 x appt 30-45 minutes: Individual Appointment with Physio to diagnosis and assessment of current functionality 

  • 2 x small group education sessions - 45 minutes teach exercises for improved joint stability

  • Subsequent: 2 x weekly 45 minute small group sessions over six weeks to improve muscle control of the join which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life

Cost: $85 individual session, $62.50 small groups

Availability: When Arana Hills Physio has 4 clients ready to enter the program, suitable mutual times will be discussed with those patients and the course will commence.

Outcomes: 

  • decreased pain, increased function, reduction in the need for surgical intervention, greater education and understanding of their condition, increased self management of OA. 

Referrals appropriate for:

Private Patients

Workcover & DVA where appropriate

EPC where appropriate

EPC: Gap is applicable for patients not holding a current Health Care Card. Only health Care Card holders are bulk billed. 

What does GLA:D involve?

This a physio led 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.

GLA:D TM Australia training consists of:

  • A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability

  • Two education sessions which 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

  • Group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life

 

GLA:D™ Australia is run in private, public, and hospital physiotherapy clinics. 

 

The cost of the program can vary depending on size of the group.

 

Referring for GLA:D

 

You do not need a referral from a GP, however you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

GPs referring to Arana Hills Physio's GLA:D program can use the following referral practices

If appropriate EPC

Standard private referral

DVA

Workcover where appropriate

David Allan: 2647962Y

Nerida Schonfeld 5444531T

Rochelle Kay 5444531T

Andy McGree 5665979W

Who can participate in GLA:D

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

A patient may participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if they have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.

A patient may not be able to participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if:

  • They have other reasons for their hip and/or knee pain, including; tumour, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems

  • They have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalised pain or fibromyalgia)

OA Treatment in Australia

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. 

 

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

 

In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:DTMAustralia program offers a better and safer alternative.

Some Background on GLA:D

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.

 

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.