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Osteoarthritis Management - Program Overview

Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ is the remotely delivered program provided at no cost to eligible members of most Australian health funds.

Proven to reduce knee and hip pain

The structured easy to follow program has been shown in internationally published studies (Publication A, Publication B, Publication C) to significantly improve joint pain, physical mobility, vitality and emotional wellbeing. All in the comfort of your own home.

Where joint surgery is needed, it can also improve your fitness for surgery and rehabilitation.

Targets three key modifiable risk factors

Expertly designed to help you and your healthcare team target a number of the key modifiable risk factors for osteoarthritis, including:

weight loss of 5 - 7.5%

For each additional kilogram of body weight a person carries there is an extra 4 kilograms of force exerted through the knee joint with every step taken during the day.¹

A weight reduction of 5-7.5% for people carrying extra weight, irrespective of their starting weight, can have a dramatic impact on joint pain and ability to perform normal daily activities.² ³

(The complete HWFL healthy Portion Planning and Education Pack provided at no cost.)

strengthening muscles around the joints

Thigh, hamstring, calf and buttock muscles all play a critical role in doing everyday activities such as walking up and down stairs, or getting out of a chair.

When your muscles are strengthened and working effectively they help stabilise the joints and improve your balance, confidence and ability to be physically active.

getting active

Many people with osteoarthritis tend to avoid using their painful joints for fear of making their pain worse. Being inactive can create a cycle of pain and deterioration.4

Gentle activity such as walking and Tai Chi can improve physical functioning, reduce pain and help break the cycle of deterioration.²

Easy to manage step-by-step program

The structured remotely delivered program consists of 3 phases, run over 18 weeks with each step carefully designed to make it as easy as possible for you to achieve your osteoarthritis management goals. All in the comfort of your own home.

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Phase 1: Motivate Week 1 - 6

Phase 2: Consolidate Week 7 - 12

Phase 3: Maintain Week 13 - 18 and beyond

Care Support Team - your partner

The HWFL Care Support Team is a specialised multidisciplinary team of pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists, nurses, program navigators and logistics experts who all work together to ensure you are supported and feel confident as you progress through the 18 weeks of the program and beyond.

The team provide 2 way personal support and advice via phone, SMS, email, private online message board and post.

All the products and support you need are included. At no cost to you.

Your personal Phase 1, 2 and 3 program kits are packed in our warehouse and delivered directly to your home (or post office box).

*Am I eligible for a funded program?

The general eligibility criteria for a fully funded program are:

body mass index (BMI) 28+ (calculated your BMI here), and

knee or hip osteoarthritis (current or historical diagnosis), and

one of the following (according to medical opinion):

  • knee or hip symptoms that have (or are likely to in the foreseeable future) necessitated referral to an orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation, OR
  • an existing symptomatic knee or hip joint replacement that 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.

Approval from your medical practitioner to participate and willingness to maintain medical supervision for existing medical conditions.

Not previously participated in a Healthy Weight for Life program funded by your health fund and agree to provide your progress data to the HWFL team (including weight, waist circumference, joint symptom scores).

(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 or find out more?

Join now - 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.

Phone - call the Healthy Weight For Life Team on 1800 226 180 (free call) and we can answer all your questions or simply post you an information pack.

email - send an email to the Healthy Weight For Life Team on oa@hwfl.com.au and we answer all your questions or simply email you an information pack.



  1. Messier, S., et al. Weight loss reduces knee-joint loads in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2005. 52(7): pp 2026-2032
  2. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis. 2nd edn. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP, 2018.
  3. McAlindon, T.E., et al. OARSI guidelines for the non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2014. 22; pp 363 - 388
  4. Pisters, M.F., et al. Avoidance of activity and limitations in activities in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: a 5 year follow-up study on the mediating role of reduced muscle strength.Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2014. 22(2): pp 171-177
  5. Nguyen, U.-S.D.T., et al. The impact of knee instability with and without buckling on balance confidence, fear of falling and physical function: the Multicentre Osteoarthritis Study. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2014. 22(4): pp 527-534