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GLA:D Australia at PhysioWest in Mile End & Salisbury Adelaide

GLA:D, ‘Good Life with Osteoarthritis (OA) in Denmark’, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers for people experiencing hip or knee OA. It was first brought to Australia in 2016 where it continues to yield promising results for thousands of Australians.

The evidence-based initiative focuses on empowering individuals with OA through education and exercise. We invite you to join us in transforming the lives of our patients by enrolling in or referring those with OA to this life-changing program.

We will guide you through the process with education, coaching and motivation to see you reach your goals!

Why PhysioWest?

Our GLA:D Australia program is a comprehensive 6-week journey that intertwines education and exercise. Eligible participants will receive an initial assessment, 2 structured education sessions, 12 supervised exercise therapy sessions, and a 3-month follow up assessment. Our Exercise Physiologists are passionate, experienced, and client-centred – focused on your quality of life throughout and beyond the program!

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  • Twice weekly 60-minute supervised exercise sessions over 6 weeks.
  • Focus on developing core stability, joint alignment, leg strength, and functional capacity.
  • Tailored to individual ability, ensuring participants stay within a ‘safe and acceptable’ level of pain whilst still allowing progression towards their goals.
  • Classes accommodate up to 6 participants. These small group sessions ensure participants receive the attention and care required throughout the program.
  • The program is available at both our Mile End and Salisbury clinics.
  • Participants are equipped with the knowledge to self-manage their OA, fostering long- term motivation and adherence to exercise.
  • Focus on helping participants understand OA and its risk factors, pain management and coping strategies, treatment options and alternatives to surgery, providing them with a solid understanding of their condition and generating buy-in to the program.
  • 3-month follow-up assessments for progress review and to ensure program effectiveness.
  • Surveys at 3 and 12-months to measure changes in areas such as pain, function, quality of life, and medication use.
  • Required GLA:D outcome measures include the 30sSTS and 40m walk test, with a hop- for-distance test to be optionally completed.
  • Aged 45 or over; and
  • Diagnosed with hip and/or knee OA – either through a GP, or through a Physiotherapist at PhysioWest; and
  • Experience movement-related joint pain, regardless of severity; and
  • Have either morning stiffness lasting no more than 30mins, or no morning stiffness at all.
  • No GP referral required.

Exclusion Criteria Includes:

  • Primary joint problems due to other reasons (such as a recent hip fracture);
  • Generalised chronic pain or fibromyalgia;
  • Poor English literacy (required for participation in education sessions and data
    collection).
  • Participants are equipped with the knowledge to self-manage their OA, fostering long- term motivation and adherence to exercise.
  • Focus on helping participants understand OA and its risk factors, pain management and coping strategies, treatment options and alternatives to surgery, providing them with a solid understanding of their condition and generating buy-in to the program.

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