Osteoarthritis doesn't have to dominate your life. You can take action against the underlying causes of joint pain and reduced mobility.
The internationally publishedOsteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ Program is a specialised knee and hip osteoarthritis management program is available at no cost to eligible members of participating health funds*. The program has been designed to help you stand up to joint pain and get back to living life. All in the comfort of your own home.
9 News - Australian weight loss program delivering results for osteoarthritis sufferers.
Sydney Newspaper - the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ Program has been featured in local Sydney Innerwest newspaper article – “Goodbye to the kilos, and pain.”
Sydney Newspaper - the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ Program has been featured in local Sydney Northshore newspaper article – “Program helps tackle joint pain.”
With the help of the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ you can break the cycle of pain and discomfort and get back to the things you enjoy. The program aims to improve your day-to-day living and associated quality of life by reducing joint pain and stiffness and improving the function of your affected joints. It can also improve your ﬁtness for joint surgery (if relevant).
The step by step program consists of 3 phases, run over 18 weeks. Each 6 week phase includes:
Portion control eating plan (including KicStart™ VLCD meal replacements)
Gentle activity and physiotherapist-developed strength, balance and mobility exercises
Personalised online symptom, progress and satisfaction tracking (phone and mail alternatives also available)
Personal motivation, support and advice via phone, SMS, email, message board and mail.
To learn more about how the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ program can help you can break the cycle of pain and discomfort and get back to the things you enjoy click here, or review the Program Overview and the Program Phases link on the left side of the page.
You must also:
obtain approval from your medical practitioner to participate and maintain medical supervision for existing medical conditions;
be willing to provide your progress data (including weight, waist circumference, joint pain scores, blood pressure and cholesterol);
have NOT previously participated in this program or any other Healthy Weight for Life program offered by your health fund.
ACA Health Benefits Fund
Doctors' Health Fund
Health Care Insurance
Phoenix Health Fund
Queensland Country Health Fund
RT Health Fund
Teachers Health Fund††
UniHealth Insurance ††
Participating health funds may change from time to time. Health fund specific clinical, hospital policy, waiting periods and minimum age criteria may apply.
†† Additional eligibility criteria apply for Teachers Health Fund and UniHealth Insurance members. All applications need to be processed and approved by Teachers Healthcare Services. To find out more - call Teachers Healthcare Services on 1300 728 578.
Click on the Enrol to Participate button and follow the prompts. You will be emailed a form that you should print and take along to your GP for discussion.
Call the Healthy Weight For Life Team on 1800 226 180 (free call) and we will send you a complete reply paid registration pack.
Additional Help, Information, Support
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PRIMA is a quality certified health care organisation (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015) that is dedicated to the research, development and remote delivery of specialised obesity related chronic disease management and prevention products and programs.
The PRIMA products and services include KicStart™ VLCD, the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life program, the Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Healthy Weight for Life™ programs.