The GLA:D® Australia Program
The GLA:D® (Good Living with osteoArthritis: Denmark) Program is an exercise and education program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis symptoms. The program was brought to Australia in 2016 to help Australians with hip or knee osteoarthritis. GLA:D® Australia is a not-for-profit initiative led by La Trobe University.
What does GLA:D® involve?
The GLA:D ® Australia program consists of:
An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability.
Two education sessions which teach you about OA, it's risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.
Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve your control of the joint, your confidence in the joint, and your strength.
A review at 3-months with your clinician 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.
Why choose GLA:D®?
This program is unique in that the knowledge learned and exercises taught can be applied to everyday activities, ensuring participants develop skills to self-manage their OA. By strengthening and improving confidence with exercise, participants develop better capacity to become or stay active, prevent symptom progression, and reduce pain.
The GLA:D® Australia program offers a safe alternative that may reduce your need for medications, avoid the need for surgery, and improve your ability to participate more actively in work and recreational activities.
Need more information?
The GLA:D® Australia website has a lot of useful information for potential participants.
Go to https://gladaustralia.com.au/faq-for-people-with-oa/ for more information on how this wonderful program may be able to help you!
You can also call us on 5561 3249 for more information on our next GLA:D® Australia program intake.