GLA:D® Australia is pleased to provide PD sessions for GLA:D®-trained clinicians with current certification.

New live sessions will be announced in the monthly newsletters and placed here.


Certified clinicians can email to request access to the recordings of the sessions below.


  • To share a GP approach to medical management of OA including drug and non-drug pain management strategies
  • To apply this medical management approach to two case examples of complex OA patients
  • To present some current projects working towards improving collaborative primary care of people with hip/knee OA.


John Manderson studied Medicine as a mature age student after completing a PhD in Science.  He has been a GP in Warrnambool since 1996 in a group medical practice. He developed an interest in management of osteoarthritis since working with COMET clinic, a community based project run by St Vincent’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedics and Merri Health in 2017. In 2018, John  helped set up the Warrnambool Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee Clinic, a private clinic with himself as GP, two experienced physiotherapists, and a dietitian.
Allison Ezzat is part of the GLA:D leadership team and a post-doctoral research fellow at La Trobe University.  Allison will be sharing preliminary results and lessons learned from the REferral to First linE caRe (REFER) study.
This mixed methods project has been working with 30 general practitioners to co-design, implement, and evaluate an intervention to improve GP referral of patients with knee osteoarthritis to physiotherapist-led exercise-therapy.
Ali Gibbs is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, researching barriers to first-line care for hip and knee osteoarthritis, and models of care including advance practice physiotherapy services. She is a part-time research officer at La Trobe University, working on projects aiming to improve access to first-line care including in community health.  Ali works clinically as an advanced practice physiotherapist in osteoarthritis hip and knee services.


‘Physiotherapy Management of Patello-femoral Osteoarthritis’

  • Assessment considerations
  • Exercise prescription considerations, including modifications to GLA:D program exercises
  • Adjunctive treatment considerations


Is Running Really Bad for Your Knees?
Presenter: Jean-Francois Esculier, PT, PhD

Jean-Francois Esculier graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2009. He completed a Masters of research and a PhD at Université Laval on the topic of patellofemoral pain in runners (rehabilitation approaches, running biomechanics and footwear). He also did a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, where he conducted studies related to running and knee osteoarthritis. He is still an active researcher in those fields. 

JF is a passionate clinician-researcher-educator. He acts as a Speaker at The Running Clinic since 2011, and also leads the Research & Development division which conducts research on running injuries. He’s a Clinical assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia, where he teaches to physiotherapy and medical students. JF practices as a clinician, working mostly with runners and triathletes through his clinic, MoveMed Physiotherapy, in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. 

Session Learning Objectives:
During this talk we will explore the literature on the topic of running and joint health. The first part will focus on the association between running and knee osteoarthritis. The second part will cover the literature and clinical recommendations that can be given to runners who have received a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis.

Nigel Hartnett is a Specialist Knee Surgeon working in Melbourne. Nigel’s main focus is to optimise the treatment of our patients by working with all members of the team to ensure a successful result and get them back to the work, leisure, and sports activities they once performed.

Nigel will give a presentation on knee osteoarthrosis. The presentation will focus on the causation, imaging, the non-surgical treatment, and the surgical treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Session Learning Objectives:
1. To learn the causes of knee osteoarthrosis
2. To learn how to differentiate the different levels of knee osteoarthrosis using X-rays and MRI scanning
3. To be able to commence and describe to patients the non-surgical treatments for patients who present with knee osteoarthrosis
4. To gain an understanding of what surgical treatments are available for those patients with knee osteoarthrosis
5. To recognise when it is appropriate to refer patients with knee osteoarthrosis to a surgeon

Multimorbidity is the next major health priority and physiotherapists can play a central role in future models of care

Dr. Skou will share the results from a large EU-funded project on individualized exercise therapy and self-management in people with multimorbidity.

Dr. Søren T. Skou (PT, MSc, PhD) is Professor of Exercise and Human Health at the University of Southern Denmark and head of the multiprofessional research unit PROgrez ( at Næstved-Slagelse-RIngsted Hospital. He has published extensively within the field of knee and hip pain and has been the PI of several high-quality randomized controlled trials on the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), one of which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. STS is one of the main architects and leader of the implementation of the highly successful treatment program GLA:D® for OA. He received the prestigious 1.5 million euro starting grant from the European Research Council as well as another 6.1 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union to focus on treatment of people with multimorbidity.
After this session, clinicians will have a better understanding of the following questions:
  • What is multimorbidity and how does it affect patients and society?
  • What is the physiotherapist’s role in the care for people with multimorbidity?
  • How common is multimorbidity in osteoarthritis (OA), what are the characteristics of patients with OA and other conditions, and how does it affect treatment outcome of GLA:D®?
Title: Consideration of falls prevention within osteoarthritis care
Professor Ilana Ackerman is a musculoskeletal epidemiologist in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and an experienced physiotherapist.  Over the past 15 years, she has led a program of clinical and epidemiological studies that has shaped our understanding of the burden of osteoarthritis and joint replacement surgery at national and international levels and forecasts what lies ahead.  Ilana is Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Physiotherapy, the top-ranked international physiotherapy journal, and she sits on the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Advisory Council.
Learning objectives:
  1. To understand the burden of falls among people with osteoarthritis and be aware of factors that may increase the risk of falling
  2.  To recognise opportunities for falls risk screening and falls prevention within osteoarthritis care


Launch of the Telehealth Toolkit, and an overview of the work done to develop it.

Anthony Goff is a UK-trained physiotherapist who currently works as a Lecturer at Singapore Institute of Technology. In 2022, he completed his PhD at La Trobe University entitled “Patient Education for Knee Osteoarthritis: Effectiveness, Priorities, and Co-Design of a Web-Based Toolkit”, under the supervision of Dr Christian Barton, Dr Danilo de Oliveira Silva and Prof Kay Crossley.

In this session he will share the evidence and theory that informed the creation of the MyKnee toolkit, plus provide you with suggestions for how to best incorporate it into the clinical encounter for people with knee osteoarthritis.

Adrienne Forsyth is Associate Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition & Dietetics at La Trobe University. As an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist, she has facilitated countless group education sessions and individual consultations for clients with chronic conditions. As a researcher, Adrienne’s work focuses on community-based interventions for health promotion and chronic disease management.

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. To critically understand the factors influencing weight control and weight management for individuals
  2. To be familiar with evidence-based dietary strategies for the management of osteoarthritis
  3. To understand the role of the physiotherapist in facilitating dietary change for individuals with osteoarthritis

Recording of an open Q&A and problem-solving session with GLA:D® physios in June 2021

Recording of a discussion session about the barriers and enablers to providing GLA:D® in a range of Aged Care Settings.

A walkthrough of the certification test from April 2021 (note some questions have changed since then).