A Ministry of Health funded Mobility Action Programme (MAP)
In Dunedin and Balclutha, we now offer a comprehensive community based education and activity based programme for people with early signs of osteoarthritis. We use a team approach to help reduce your pain and get you fitter and stronger so you can get on and live your best life.
Arthritis is a painful condition that causes sore, stiff joints. This means even simple everyday tasks like getting dressed or cooking dinner can become difficult.
But the good news is there are lots of ways to manage arthritis. Support from a rehabilitation team can help you continue with an active life doing things you enjoy.
In the Southern Rehab Osteoarthritis Programme, we use a team approach, surrounding you with experts who can help you. Together we will design a programme to manage your symptoms, reduce your pain and get you fitter and stronger. It’s all about improving your health and wellbeing so you can get on and live your best life.
You will receive personal support from your coordinated health team, focused on providing the best rehabilitation for your specific needs. During the programme you will receive guidance from an experienced physiotherapist, pharmacist and dietician. Your health team will also liaise directly with your GP.
The programme lasts for 12 weeks. You will work with your key health team member to develop an individual treatment plan specific to your needs. This may include education sessions, hydrotherapy, medication review, exercise prescription and advice on healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
It is free to attend the programme. The Ministry of Health is fully funding this health initiative. You will receive a 12-week gym membership and have access to the physio pool on entry into the programme, depending on your own individual preference or physical needs.
The programme has been designed for people with:
- early signs of osteoarthritis in the hip or knee
- hip or knee discomfort present for less than 6 months
and who are:
- over 45 years of age
- walking independently in the community.
If you do not fit the criteria please contact your GP to discuss your symptoms further.
If you are a health professional and would like more information please contact the Southern Rehab Osteoarthritis Programme clinical lead, Becky Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please download a referral form below and either fax or email it to:
Fax: 03 487 9693
Thanks to Physiotherapy New Zealand for additional information.
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