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Program Overview

Program Phases

Osteoarthritis Background

Measuring Waist

KicStart™ VLCD

Portion Control


The internationally published  program is a specialised knee and hip osteoarthritis management plan that is available at no cost to eligible members of participating health funds*.

The multi-dimensional program combines weight loss, muscle strengthening and physical activity and 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.


How will the program help me?

The program aims to improve your mobility, 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 ļ¬tness 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.

Click here for a detailed Program Overview.   

*Am I eligible?

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.

Other health fund specific criteria may apply. Please contact the Healthy Weight for Life Team for further details.


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Participating health funds

The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life is 100% funded to eligible members of:



ACA Health Benefits Fund
Defence Health
Doctors' Health Fund
Emergency Services Health
Health Care Insurance
Health Partners
Medibank Private
Navy Health
Nurses and Midwives Health
Peoplecare Health
Phoenix Health Fund
Police Health
Queensland Country Health Fund
RT Health Fund
Teachers Health
Transport Health



Participating health funds may change from time to time. Health fund specific clinical, hospital policy, waiting periods and minimum age criteria may apply. Please contact the Healthy Weight for Life Team for further details.

How do I join?

Option 1

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.


Option 2

Call the Healthy Weight For Life Team on 1800 226 180 (free call) and we will send you a complete reply paid registration pack.







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Additional Help, Information, Support

Please contact the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life team on:

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email: oa@hwfl.com.au
Web: http://oa.hwfl.com.au

Complaints or Concerns

The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life program 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)
Email: luke@primahealth.com.au

About Prima Health Solutions

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.