The Kieser Hip And Knee Osteoarthritis Program
GMHBA has partnered with Kieser Australia to pilot a program called ‘The Kieser Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Program’.
Members appropriate for the pilot access Kieser’s 12-week program which includes Physiotherapy assessment and treatment and use of Kieser’s specialised equipment for strength training. The pilot aims to:
- Delay or prevent joint replacement surgery
- Reduce pain levels
- Improve function
- Avoid or reduce inpatient rehabilitation (if surgery proceeds)
- Provide members with a long-term self-management program
Kieser and GMHBA are conducting research during this pilot (July - December 2018), and GMHBA is offering a full rebate (for the first 150 eligible members) for the program during this period.
When the pilot concludes in December, GMHBA and Kieser will analyse the benefits and outcomes from members participating in the program and the potential for ongoing funding of this program for our members.