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Program Overview

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Osteoarthritis Background

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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 core elements

It has been expertly designed to help you and your healthcare team target a number of the key modifiable risk factors for osteoarthritis. The core elements include:

1. Intensive weight loss: 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


2. 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.


3. 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.

We will partner with you to help you get back to the healthier version of you. All you need to ‘bring to the table’ is:

  • the desire and motivation to achieve improved health and wellbeing
  • a willingness to set goals and challenge yourself to overcome barriers
  • a willingness to have a go

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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.

Program Phases

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).






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.


*Am I eligible?




    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. Guideline for the Non-surgical Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis (2009). Approved by NHMRC 23 February 2009.Published by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    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

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.