GLA:D® Australia is a not-for-profit initiative led by La Trobe University. 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®, from ‘Good Life with osteoarthritis in Denmark’, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. It was brought to Australia in 2016 to help Australians with hip or knee osteoarthritis.
The GLA:D® Australia program consists of:
An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability
A review at 3-months with your physiotherapist to discuss progress and goals, and re-measure your functional ability
Completion of a questionnaire on registration with the program, and then again at 3 and 12 months after registration to measure changes in areas such as pain, function, quality of life, and medication use.
Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve your control of the joint, your confidence in the joint and your strength.
Two education sessions which teach you about OA, its risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.