Training Course Information

The training program for GLA:D® Australia is a three-module course (15 hours over two or three days) that provides the education necessary to work with individuals who have osteoarthritis in their knees or hips or who are at high risk of developing osteoarthritis.

The program is appropriate for physiotherapists and accredited exercise physiologists who are eligible to practice in Australia, who have a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and exercise prescription and who currently work with individuals who have osteoarthritis or who are at high risk for developing osteoarthritis.


Training course content

  • The latest research on the degenerative process associated with osteoarthritis
  • The latest knowledge and evidence on osteoarthritis management strategies
  • How neuromuscular exercises can be used in the context of osteoarthritis changes
  • How to assist individuals to implement the neuromuscular stability into their every day lives
  • Processes for registering program participants in the GLA:D® Australia database
  • How to implement the program at a clinic, in a hospital, in a wellness facility or in another appropriate setting including providing the group session

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis can influence treatment
  • Know the best treatments for hip and knee osteoarthritis including the evidence
  • Know the best exercise approaches for treating people with hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Confidence to provide group and individual exercise class for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of your treatment to insurers, and other health professionals
  • Be able to deliver effective patient education to people with arthritis
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to deliver an effective treatment program to people with hip and knee arthritis which can also generate new revenue for you and/or your clinic

You will be GLA:D you came!

The GLA:D® Australia training course is a comprehensive training program that allows trained clinicians to implement best practices in the management of individuals with osteoarthritis into their every day clinical setting. The course is designed so that all the trained clinicians offer consistent education and treatment based on evidence that meets the program standards. Clinicians complete an evaluation of learning after the course in the form of a certification test.

This means that all individuals with hip and or knee OA who attend the program will receive evidence-based treatment regardless of geography and their economic position.

Following taking the GLA:D® Australia training, the project team also provide additional support for certified clinicians to implement the program in their work setting thereby helping them to build their practice using evidence based care.

Brief Course Details

Courses (usually completely online) have three modules:

MODULE 1: Lectures – Full day
MODULE 2: 4-hour practical session during the following week
MODULE 3: Final 3-hour session to prepare for implementation

There is also a pre-course learning component to be completed independently prior to the course (approximately an hour).
The total number of hours of learning is 15 hours, and an attendance certificate stipulating this will be provided.
Face-to-face or hybrid courses may take a slightly different format, but content will remain the same.

Course dates and registration details can be found here.  Further information about the courses can be found in our FAQs.