Program Overview

Program Phases

Osteoarthritis Background

Measuring Waist

KicStart™ VLCD

Portion Control


100% funded. No cost to eligible members* of:

ACA Health Benefits Fund
Health Care Insurance
Navy Health
Phoenix Health Fund
RT Health Fund Ltd
Health Partners
Transport Health


* Refer to clinical eligibility and hospital policy criteria below.


A specialised knee and hip arthritis program that carefully integrates:

  Joint muscle strengthening

►  Land based and range of motion exercises

►  Pain management strategies

►  Improved nutrition and weight loss

►  Education

►  Monitoring and engagement strategies

The program aims to help reduce joint Pain, Stiffness and swelling so you can:

>   get back to doing more of the things you enjoy

>   manage your daily living functions more easily. For example:

  go up and down stairs get in and out of a car
  put on socks / stockings go shopping


>   (where relevant) improve fitness for joint replacement surgery and enhance preparation for post surgery rehabilitation.

Clinical eligibility (for a fully funded program)

The complete program is available FREE to eligible members who meet ALL of the following criteria:

Current or historical diagnosis of knee or hip osteoarthritis supported by radiological evidence (eg. x-ray or MRI) or an incidental finding from a  previous arthroscopy, AND

Have a body mass index (BMI) ≥28 (Check your BMI here)


According to medical opinion, AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • Knee or hip osteoarthritis symptoms that have (or are likely to in the foreseeable future) necessitated referral to an orthopaedic surgeon for further investigation or evaluation for an initial or second joint replacement procedure OR
  • An existing knee or hip joint replacement that has developed symptoms such as pain, swelling, instability or warmth and could benefit from weight loss, improved fitness and muscle strength OR
  • A knee or hip joint replacement procedure is planned and weight loss, improved fitness and muscle strength prior to surgery is desirable.

Hospital policy criteria (for a fully funded program)

Have a hospital cover product (policy) that has been held for at least 12 months with the current fund (that does not restrict or exclude joint replacement surgery - if you are not sure please contact your health fund)

Obtain approval from their medical practitioner to participate and maintain medical supervision for existing medical conditions

Are willing to provide their 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 their health fund

> Other health fund specific criteria may apply

Enrol now

At the completion of your online registration a letter and GP / Specialist Approval Form will be emailed to you immediately.

You will need to print a copy and take it to your GP. If they approve of your participation in the Program please ask them to complete and sign the approval section on the last page and return it to the Healthy Weight For Life team for processing.






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Additional Help, Information, Support

Please contact the Osteoarthritis Management and Healthy Weight For Life team on:

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)

Complaints or Concerns

The Integrated Osteoarthritis Management™ program (incorporating Healthy Weight For Life) is run by Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd (Prima) for and on behalf of participating health insurance funds.

If you have a complaint or concern about any aspect of the Program please don't hesitate to contact Luke Lawler, Prima CEO and Scientific Director directly, on

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Mobile: 0418 280 344

About Prima Health Solutions

PRIMA is a quality certified health care organisation (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008) 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 Integrated Osteoarthritis Management™ program, the Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Healthy Weight for Life™.