Better Hip

Members with painful hip osteoarthritis may be eligible to participate in a new research trial, developed by the University of Melbourne.

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Better Hip could help participants manage osteoarthritis hip pain

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Information on pain management

Access best practice recommendations about managing osteoarthritis hip pain.

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Advice for exercise

Understand how to exercise with hip osteoarthritis.

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Improvements in care

Be part of a study that aims to improve treatment for people with osteoarthritis.

What the research trial involves

Better Hip is a new research trial developed by experts from the University of Melbourne. It will investigate whether a program of exercise and dietary support for weight loss (where clinically appropriate) can help to reduce pain and improve function for people with hip osteoarthritis.

To do so, this trial will compare the effects of two different approaches to supporting people with painful hip osteoarthritis. Participants will be randomly allocated into two treatment groups. Over 12 months, we’ll evaluate how people respond to different approaches by monitoring their pain, ability to do daily tasks, quality of life, and satisfaction with the help they receive.

All participants will receive information and advice aimed at helping them manage their hip pain. 

The infographic below shows you what your journey through the research trial could look like if you are eligible to participate, as well as what support you’ll receive along the way.

Why Better Hip?

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No enrolment fee

There is no enrolment fee for eligible members to participate in the research trial. Your GP or other health practitioner may charge a consultation fee if they don’t bulk bill.

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No waiting periods

You don’t need to have served your Medibank hospital cover waiting periods to participate. Check your cover’s eligibility below.

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Participate from anywhere

The program is completely online, so you can join from anywhere in Australia.

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Better Hip has been developed by experts from the University of Melbourne.

Check your eligibility

If you answer yes to the following questions, you may be eligible to participate in the Better Hip research trial.


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Are you a Medibank member with hospital cover that includes joint replacement surgery?

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Are you 45+ years old?

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Have you been experiencing chronic hip pain on most days for the past 3 months?

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Can you access a smart phone? Can you read and speak English?

Please note: The University of Melbourne will independently confirm your clinical eligibility. Approval from your GP may also be required for some members.

Further reading about osteoarthritis

Information for living with osteoarthritis and how to manage its symptoms 

What is osteoarthritis and its symptoms?

Learn more about the causes and symptoms of this common condition that affects one in 11 Australians1.

Manage osteoarthritis symptoms

These healthy habits might help you manage symptoms of osteoarthritis and bring back your quality of life.

Does exercise help with osteoarthritis?

A physiotherapist shares useful tips for managing osteoarthritis through movement.

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Better Knee, Better Me

This 12-month program combines personalised plans for exercise, weight loss and pain management that aims to help eligible members better manage painful knee osteoarthritis and help reduce the impact it has on their quality of life. Clinical and product eligibility criteria apply.

Frequently asked questions

Things you should know

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees). 

^ There may be out-of-pocket expenses associated with outpatient appointments, such as your initial visit with a participating surgeon in their consulting rooms. If a member has chosen an excess or per-day payment on their cover to lower their monthly premium, this will still be payable (for example, if you’re claiming for the first time that calendar year, you may need to pay an excess).


1   Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Osteoarthritis, retrieved May 2022.