NZMPA GLA:D NZ Certified Practitioners Course - Queenstown

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Become a GLA:D NZ Certified Practitioner.

NZMPA Member Rate $650*

Non NZMPA Member $750

*Contact for your NZMPA Member discount code

Day One: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Day Two: 9:00am to 4:00pm

As physiotherapists we know that we should be providing patient education and exercise for people with knee and hip osteoarthritis, but do we know what to deliver, and how?

The GLA:D programme was developed to deliver best-practice in the treatment of hip and knee OA. In November this year, we (Professor Haxby Abbott, Tracey Holden and Dr Daniel O’Brien) are introducing GLA:D to New Zealand.

What is GLA:D? GLA:D (Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark) is an 8-week supervised patient education and exercise therapy programme developed by physiotherapists Professor Ewa Roos and Associate Professor Soren Skou, both from Southern Denmark University. The physiotherapy-led, group-based programme delivers best-practice management for patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Ewa and Soren launched GLA:D in 2013 to implement best-practice guidelines for the treatment of knee and hip OA in to clinical care.

The GLA:D data registry, which will be hosted by the Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research (CMOR) at the University of Otago, is an integral part of the programme. Patients’ self-reported outcomes are collected at baseline, 3 and 12 months. The data collected is vital to tracking quality improvement and demonstrating value.

What has been the impact of GLA:D internationally? The GLA:D programme has been taken up in many countries including Canada, China, Australia and Switzerland. In 2019 GLA:D® won the Value-Based Health Care Prize, a prestigious, international prize, beating more than 170 other projects from all over the world. In all countries, it is a not-for-profit initiative hosted at a university, by leading OA clinician experts. Across the ditch, GLA:D has been very successful with 959 physiotherapists becoming GLA:D certified and 3,591 patients have entered the programme since January 2018 (, more than 50,000 patients are registered in the GLA:D data registry. Results from Australia show on average people experience a 30% reduction in pain following the programme, as well a significant decrease in analgesic use and increase in quality of life. Furthermore, many people who were booked for joint replacement have postponed or cancelled their surgery after completing the programme.

How to become a GLA:D NZ certified practitioner. We are hosting two (1½ day) GLA:D physiotherapy-trainers course in New Zealand.

  • In Queenstown on November 11th and 12th (following the Southern Physiotherapy Symposium - 9th & 10th November at Heritage Hotel Queenstown).
  • In Auckland on 23rd and 24th November at AUT’s North Shorth Campus.

Professor Ewa Roos will lead these courses, with support in Queenstown from Dr Christian Barton (GLA:D Australia) and in Auckland from the GLA:D NZ team (Professor Haxby Abbott, Tracey Holden and Dr Daniel O’Brien). The NZMPA Member course fee is $650 (NZD) / Non NZMPA Member course fee is $750 (NZD) and includes GLA:D NZ certification for 3 years and access to the GLA:D resources, inclusive of $100 (NZD) for 3 years of GLA:D data registry registration and support.

Open to New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist only.

Ngā mihi / Kind regards,

The GLA:D-NZ Team

(Professor Haxby Abbott FNZCP, Tracey Holden and Dr Daniel O’Brien)

  • 11 Nov 19-12 Nov 19
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
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  • 91 Fernhill Road, Heritage Hotel, Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand

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