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GLA:D Program


GLA:D®, or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. It has since been brought to Canada, Australia and China and is worlds best first treatment for hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Jerome Higgins, Tim Hardiman and Liam Gellie are our GLA:D trained physiotherapists, joining the growing list of physiotherapists across Australia participating in this program.

Attend one of our free education sessions on Knee and Hip OA and the GLA:D program. Spots limited – please call or email to register attendance.

Session 1:
Wed 23rd July 12.45pm

Session 2:
Wed 30th July 12.45pm

What does GLA:D involve?

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

GLA:D training consists of:

  • Initial assessment and baseline testing. Email questionnaire sent from GLA:D Australia.
  • 2x week for 6 weeks (12 sessions) of group neuromuscular training sessions to improve muscle control of the joint, which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life*
  • Attend 2 x 1hr Education Sessions on Hip/Knee OA
  • 3 month re-assessment of baseline tests with physiotherapist and questionnaire from GLA:D Australia.
  • 12 month follow up of questionnaire from GLA:D Australia.

*Performing these in a group with a physiotherapist optimises outcomes according to the GLA:D research. Increasing frequency to 3-4x per week will yield greater outcomes again, as will extending the program out to 12 weeks.

You do not need a referral from your Doctor, however you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

GLA:D sessions are claimable on private health insurance under physiotherapy cover (individual codes for the assessment and group code 560 for the group sessions). DVA Gold card holders are eligible for the program without cost.

Can I Participate in GLA:D?

GLA:D™ Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity. Anyone can join in the program classes at Dandenong Ranges Physio, although to be included in the official program and registered with the GLA:D™ Australia database you need to have knee or hip OA symptoms as your primary diagnosis.

You cannot be included in the GLA:D™ Australia database if, but can still participation the classes, if:

  • You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
  • You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia)
  • You are unable to understand and communicate in English due to all correspondence from GLA:D™ Australia being in English at this time

Also, people who have had a total knee or hip joint replacement may find the exercise classes extremely beneficial but may not be able to participate in the offical program.

OA Treatment in Australia

OA is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age.

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.

In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery and the GLA:DTMAustralia program offers a better and safer alternative.

Background of the GLA:D®Program

Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%.

Other outcomes include a less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

GLA:D costs and class times

Class Times:

As of July 2019

Mon Tues Wed Fri Sat
8am (LG) 11.30am (LG) 9.30am (LG) 7am (TH)
6pm (LG) 6pm (TH)


Initial GLA:D Assessment: $97/30min

12 Class Package: Please call for up to date prices.

Classes claimable on private health insurance under code 560 (Group Physiotherapy)

Medicare EPC/CDM visits from your GP can be claimed for Assessments and 1:1 sessions.

To get started please book a GLA:D Assessment with Liam Gellie, Tim Hardiman & Jerome Higgins, our GLA:D trained physiotherapists in Olinda.

To learn more about GLA:D™ Australia please visit gladaustralia.com.au