GLA:D Australia Program

An alternative to knee surgery?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years of age and older, but can affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. Current national and international guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as the first line treatment for OA. In Australia, treatment is usually focused on surgery and the GLA:D Australia program offers a safe alternative that may avoid the need for surgery. GLA:D is an acronym for Good Life with Arthritis (Denmark).

What does GLA:D involve?

This education and exercise program reflects the latest evidence in OA research. It also includes feedback from people with OA and trainers on what works in the real world to help patients with OA symptoms.

Research from the GLA:D program has found symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint-related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. Participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

What does the program consist of?

The first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability

Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program

Group neuromuscular 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.

For further information regarding eligibility please contact the clinic on 98507720