Here is a list of frequently asked questions and answers for People with OA interested in the GLA:D® Australia Program.
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GLA:D® is a program of exercise and education designed to help reduce the symptoms of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis. There are 12 supervised exercise sessions over 6 weeks, and 2 educations sessions.
GLA:D® has been shown to help people with mild, moderate and severe osteoarthritis, and people over the age of 40 who have symptoms of osteoarthritis. The factors that improve include pain, mobility and quality of life.
There are sets of exercises done by each person; everyone does the same exercises but in different ways. The physiotherapists who run GLA:D® programs have been trained to customise the program to suit the individual – YOU.
The team at GLA:D® Australia provide training to physiotherapists across Australia who choose to be trained. You will have an assessment with your physiotherapist and make a plan about how to get the most appropriate treatment. If that plan includes GLA:D®, your physiotherapist will be able to register you to do the program, and will provide the program to you. Our Locations page shows you the physiotherapists who have completed the training.
Doing GLA:D® is just like doing any other physiotherapy treatment, and the cost depends on your individual circumstances and the clinic you attend. You may be able to use private insurance**; some eligible people may be able to use Medicare funding to cover costs of assessments; and some people may be eligible to access publicly-funded services (in Victoria, this is through Community Health Services).
**Item code 560 ‘Group Consultation’
As well as providing treatment for osteoarthritis, GLA:D® Australia collects research data from GLA:D® participants. We ask you to complete questionnaires before you start, at 3 months and again at 12 months, with information about your health and your experiences with osteoarthritis. This information will help to work towards improving access to best possible care for people with osteoarthritis.