The internationally recognised

GLA:D Program for Hip & Knee

osteoarthritis available in Glenelg!

What is the GLA:D Program?
  • GLA:D is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark, for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms

Research from the GLA:D Program in Denmark show symptom progression reduces by 32%, and on average, pain was reduced by 25%.
Results of the GLA:D Program indicate:
  • Reduced sick leave

  • 1 of 3 people stopped paracetamol, NSAIDS and opioid use

  • Reduced pain by 25% on average

  • Improved function, quality of life and physical activity

What's involved in the GLA:D Program at Aspire?

We deliver the Program in line with the evidence-based protocol.

This includes:

  • 1x GLA:D Initial Consult (30 mins) 1:1 with a Physiotherapist

  • 12x Exercise Sessions supervised by a Physiotherapist in a small group setting over 6 Weeks (1hr each)

  • 2x Education Sessions (1hr each)

Who should do the GLA:D Program?

Individuals who have hip or knee problems, with a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis.


While the research has focussed exclusively on osteoarthritis sufferers, the GLA:D-based program can be helpful for people with a range of hip and knee conditions, outside of Osteoarthritis too.

The following situations may reduce the efficacy of the program
  • Individuals can't attend the recommended 12 Exercise Sessions, and 2 Educations Sessions over 6 Weeks.

  • Individuals are limited in understanding the education component of the program (e.g. don't understand English, cognitive difficulty)

  • Where other symptoms are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis, e.g. fibromyalgia, chronic, generalised pain

How much does the GLA:D Program cost?

The GLA:D Program is $47 per Exercise Session, with 12 Exercise Sessions over the 6 Week Program (total investment of $564), plus the GLA:D Initial Consult of $50.


Health Insurance Rebates may apply, under codes T500 (Initial Consult) and T560/561 (Exercise Sessions).


We strongly encourage attending the 12 Sessions over 6 weeks, although can be modified to suit alternative timeframes too (e.g. 12 sessions over 12 weeks).


Please contact your Health Insurance Fund for further information about your individual rebates and eligibility.

How do I find out if this program is right for me?

The first step is to book a GLA:D Initial Consultation with one of our GLA:D Trained Physiotherapists. In this appointment, your Physiotherapist will ask you about your history, and assess some movements, before recommending if this program would be suitable for you. 

Or call us

8376 8816

Current GLA:D Timetable
(updated February 2021)
Exercise Sessions:
  • Monday 4.15pm
  • Tuesday 12pm
  • Thursday 12pm
  • Thursday 3.45pm
Education Sessions:
  • Fortnightly Mondays 5.30pm, or fortnightly Tuesdays 5pm
  • We offer daytime sessions on request too
What happens next?

If you are recommended to the program, and your schedule allows you to attend the recommended number of sessions, we will book your 12 Exercise Sessions, and 2 Education Session times. (These can only be booked by calling reception - No Online Bookings available for the GLA:D Exercise or Education Sessions). 


Payment of $564 can be made at your first Exercise Session, or via 3 payments of $188/week over the first 3 weeks of your program.


On completion of your 6 week program, we will provide a statement of all attended appointments to give to your health insurance fund, so you can claim rebates for the program.

I've completed my 6 Week Program, but can I continue attending GLA:D Exercise Sessions?

Yes you can continue attending on a casual basis ($30/session). Health Insurance Rebates may apply.

  • Payments for the GLA:D Program are non-refundable. If the patient is unable to complete the full 12 Exercise Sessions due to injury/illness, remaining sessions can be delayed to a later date, no more than 6 months after the Program was commenced.

Or call us

8376 8816

Got questions? Ask them here:
FAQ's about the GLA:D Program
I can only attend outside business hours. Can I still do the GLA:D program?

YES - you can attend the program. You will complete the 12 exercise sessions over 12 weeks (instead of 6), attending just 1 exercise session per week, on Saturday at 10am.

I'm not sure if this is the right program for me. How do I find out more?

You can book in for a GLA:D Initial Consultation, where your physiotherapist will ask about your history, assess how you move, and help you decide if this is the right program for you.

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Aspire Physiotherapy SA

18 Partridge Street, Glenelg, SA 5045

Ph: 08 8376 8816

Fax: +61 8 8219 0061


Open 6 days - M-F 8:30am-6pm, Sat 8.30am-1pm

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