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Reduce knee pain
A physiotherapist will coach you in pain management and exercises designed to help improve knee pain.
Manage weight loss
A dietitian will support you with a weight management plan to reduce pressure on your knees.
A physiotherapist will guide you on how to exercise safely with knee osteoarthritis.
Participate from anywhere
The program is completely online, so you can join from anywhere in Australia.
The program was developed in partnership with leading researchers from the University of Melbourne and Austin Health.
Better Hip research trial
We’re looking for eligible members to participate in a new University of Melbourne research trial exploring options for managing painful hip osteoarthritis. Clinical and product eligibility criteria apply.
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Things you should know
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* Available to suitable Medibank members aged 45-80 with resident hospital cover that includes joint replacement surgery who have been experiencing chronic knee pain on most days for the past 3 months, are above a healthy weight (BMI≥27) and can access a telephone and internet.
^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 Cicuttini, F. M., & Wluka, A. E. (2016). Not just loading and age: the dynamics of osteoarthritis, obesity and inflammation. The Medical Journal of Australia.
2 Bennell, K. L., Lawford, B. J., Keating, C., Brown, C., Kasza, J., Mackenzie, D., Metcalf, B., Kimp, A. J., Egerton, T., Spiers, L., Proietto, J., Sumithran, P., Harris, A., Quicke, J. G., & Hinman, R. S. (2021). Comparing video-based, Telehealth-delivered exercise and weight loss programs with online education on outcomes of knee osteoarthritis. Annals of Internal Medicine.
3 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2018). Australia’s health 2018. Australia’s health series no. 16. AUS 221. Canberra: AIHW.
4 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Osteoarthritis Australian Government, 2017.
Better Knee, Better Me, a program developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne and Austin Health.
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