GLA:DTM, 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. It is now available at our Stepney Healthcare Hub with several of our physiotherapists.

What does GLA:D involve?

This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research.

GLA:D 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 osteoarthritis, how the GLA:D Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
  • Group neuromuscular exercise 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 location and size of the group. Please discuss this with your physiotherapist. You do not need a referral from your doctor, however you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

Outcomes of GLA:D

Outcomes from participants 12 months after they completed the GLA:D program in Denmark, Canada and Australia, showed that on average, the program results in:

  • Less pain
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced use of joint related pain medication
  • Increased physical activity.

Research from the GLA:D program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. 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.

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 not be able to participate in the GLA:D Australia program if:

  • You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
  • You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalised pain or fibromyalgia)
  • You are unable to understand and communicate in English

Osteoarthritis Treatment in Australia

Osteoarthritis 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 the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis. Our dietitian can assist with weight management plans.

The GLA:D Australia program offers a safe,  evidence-based first line treatment plan as an alternative to early surgery.

Cost

The total cost of the program is $490, however if you have private health insurance you may be covered for a percentage of the cost. We recommend you check with your private health provider to know exactly what you are entitled to for the program and the gap you may be expected to pay.

You may also be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP. A GP referral is not required to participate in the program.

Contact

For all GLA:D program appointments and enquiries at Stepney, contact 08 8362 8122 or email glad@sportsmed.com.au.

GLA:D trained Physiotherapists

Conditions

We specialise in preventative care, treatment and rehabilitation for a range of ailments, injuries and conditions of the hip, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Our fact sheets are designed to provide you with a brief overview and basic understanding of the range of ailments, injuries and conditions relevant to the upper and lower limbs.

Learn about condition symptoms, non-operative and surgical treatment options, risks and complications, recovery times, and much more. Please keep in mind that treatment methods and outcomes vary from patient to patient. Each individual patient has specialised requirements that may be different to the information provided on the fact sheets.

Make an appointment

Our physiotherapists are available at the below sportsmed locations with appointments available Monday to Saturday. To make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists, contact the location directly or email physio@sportsmed.com.au. A GP referral is not required.

All patients including private health members, uninsured, workers’ compensation, DVA, third party and public liability patients are welcome at sportsmed.

What to bring to your appointment

For your physiotherapy appointment, please ensure you bring the following with you:

  • Medicare card
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable)
  • DVA card (if applicable)
  • Claim number (workers’ compensation and third party patients) and contact details for your case manager*
  • Any relevant x-rays, scans and/or medical reports.

*Workers’ compensation and third party patients must have a current claim and approval from their case manager to attend. In the event of a claim not being accepted, the patient is personally responsible for any costs incurred.

Day of appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your allocated appointment time. Our staff will provide you with the appropriate paperwork required to be completed before the consultation with your practitioner.

In order for your practitioner to provide you with the best possible treatment and care, a detailed understanding of your past and present health is required. Please advise your practitioner of your previous medical history, current medical conditions and the medications you are taking, including those purchased over the counter. This information is very important. It may affect how you recover from your condition/injury and also potentially alter the course of treatment.

Once your practitioner has examined you, he will discuss your condition/injury with you and the necessary treatment plan. It is vital that you fully understand your condition/injury, treatment options available to you, your practitioner’s recommendations, potential risks associated with treatment and recovery time. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your practitioner at the time of consultation.

Financial information

For physiotherapy consultations, please bring along your private health insurance card or relevant documentation (workers’ compensation, DVA, third party etc.), if applicable, and Medicare card to ensure your claim can be processed at the time of consultation.

All private health funds and patients including uninsured are welcome at sportsmed. sportsmed is also a Bupa Members First Healthcare Provider for allied health services, ensuring patients with Bupa private health receive exclusive benefits including more money back on claims. Physiotherapy services at our Blackwood and Morphett Vale locations are also a part of the Health Partners network. Health Partners members will pay just $12 a visit* for physiotherapy consultations, while they will have access to a higher limit to be covered for more treatment.

Generally most health funds will cover a percentage of the cost for physiotherapy services, however we recommend you check your level of cover with your private health fund to know exactly what you are entitled to for each consultation and the gap you may be expected to pay. Any gap payments are expected to be settled on the day of consultation.

You can claim a rebate under a Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) program which must be obtained via a GP referral. There is criteria to meet to qualify for the program and it is only available to patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions (present for six months or longer).

We provide onsite HICAPS and ask that all accounts are settled on the day of consultation via EFT, Visa Card, Mastercard, AMEX, cheque or cash.

*Initial and subsequent consults on Top and National Extras cover with a Health Partners Participating General Physio. A higher gap payment may apply if you choose to see a Qualified Master’s Physio, up to annual limits. Waiting periods may apply.

Cancellation policy

We understand your time is valuable. All of our practitioners endeavour to run on schedule and your punctual attendance will assist this. Please feel free to ring us 30 minutes prior to your appointment to confirm if your practitioner is running on time. Should you arrive late for your appointment your practitioner will do their best to provide you with your full treatment time, but in rare instances, appointments may need to be rescheduled.

We do ask that you contact us and give at least 24 hours notice should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Regular cancellations or cancellations with less than 24-hour notice may incur a cancellation fee.