Physiotherapists wishing to provide the GLA:D® Australia Program must attend one of the GLA:D® Australia courses. Only physiotherapists that have attended the course can provide the GLA:D® Australia Program.
The course fee for 2020 is $550 per attendee, with a $50 discount available to multiple attendees booking together in a single transaction.
Currently, there are no annual/subscription fees associated with delivering the GLA:D® Australia Program, other than the course cost.
The GLA:D® Australia Program has been set up as an implementation project by researchers at La Trobe’s Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, following on from research by the GLA:D® Program Developers in Denmark, aimed at improving care for people suffering from hip and/or knee osteoarthritis, and as such is not centred around making money or charging fees.
However, as we advocate for more sustainable models of funding, a certification model is being developed. This may require a recurrent fee attached to the certification process.
The GLA:D® Australia Program is delivered by physiotherapists, and has been adapted from physiotherapist-led programs of GLA:D® Denmark, and GLA:D® Canada. The program has been delivered to more than 30,000 Danish participants, with findings indicating significant improvements in pain, function and physical activity, as well as reduced analgesia consumption and fewer sick days.
Replicating the Danish initiative, we are currently collecting data from participants treated with the program by physiotherapists in our nation wide database. We hope to use these findings to lobby the government and private health insurers to improve care, in line with current Osteoarthritis clinical guidelines.
GLA:D® Australia recognises the skills that other health professionals possess to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. We recommend that all GLA:D® Australia accredited physiotherapists engage with such health professionals where appropriate to optimise current evidence based management of osteoarthritis.
The team at GLA:D® Australia are always looking for opportunities to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. If you are interested in collaborating with research please get in touch with the GLA:D® Australia Team –GLAD.Australia@latrobe.edu.au
The GLA:D® Australia Program is only available to Australian registered Physiotherapists practicing in Australia.
The program is offered in Denmark; for details please contact the team at GLA:D® Denmark
The GLA:D® Program a group based exercise program, designed to be run in private practices, community health centres and hospital outpatient facilities, with the need for specialised equipment.
- Chair, preferably height adjustable and with arms (hip chair)
- Step, preferably height adjustable
- Plinth or floor space/yoga mat for supine exercises
- Theraband/Theratube, multiple lengths and resistance levels (Yellow-Silver)
- Swiss ball (55-75cm)
- Stick (broom handle) and Slider (XR Slider or furniture slider)
- Stationary Bike/Treadmill/Elliptical Trainer/Rower/Pedals/Space for walking – used for warm-up and cool down
Examples of suitable spaces:
- Small gym areas (~5m x 5m)
- Multipurpose rooms
- Pilates Studios
The program also includes 2 education sessions, so you will also need a space to deliver these to participants, either in a small group or individually, and a large TV or Projector for the presentation.
You will also need a walkway for assessment of fast walking speed.
The GLA:D® Program is an education and supervised exercise program, involving:
- An initial assessment, where 2 short outcome measures are completed (30sec chair stand test and 40m walk test)
- 12 x supervised group exercise sessions, ~60 mins duration, delivered twice weekly
- 2 x group education sessions, ~60-90mins duration, delivered during the program, preferably before participant starts or in the first few weeks
- A follow-up assessment, 3 months after the initial assessment, where the two outcome measures are measured again
- Participants also complete an online questionnaire at baseline, 3 months and 12 months post
Please note: all above components must be delivered by a GLA:D® certified practitioner
Providers set the cost of the Program, with most private clinics charging between $500-$700. As described by the APA, individualised group exercise sessions come under under a “Group Consultation”, item code 560.
We note that the private health insurance landscape is currently undergoing a period of change and we recommend clinicians individually discuss options with patients. Eligible participants will receive a rebate from their private health insurers.
The GLA:D® Program is generally run as a group session, but can be run individually if needed, depending on the participant’s needs.
Medicare-subsidised visits, under the Chronic Disease Management or Enhanced Primary Care plan, are only valid for 1:1 consultations, including the participant’s initial assessment, 3 month follow-up assessment and 1:1 supervised exercise sessions.
GLA:D Australia, along with Denmark, Canada, Switzerland and New Zealand, use an online registry that automatically sends questionnaires to participants and compiles the results on a secure, onshore server.
This only allows the research team at La Trobe University to access the data, that is then used in research publications, reports and our annual review.
So far this method has been used to collect information on more than 5,000 Australian participants and over 60,000 international participants.