Joint health

Osteoarthritis is degenerative arthritis where the core components of joints (cartilage, bone, ligaments and muscles) all worsen over time.

Feel helpless? Don’t! Exercise programs can help reduce pain and increase your mobility.*


Healthy Weight for Life Osteoarthritis program on selected Peoplecare Hospital covers


Peoplecare covers the full cost of a proven 18-week osteoarthritis program called Healthy Weight for Life. Healthy Weight for Life is included (that’s free with no extra cost to participate!) on the following covers: Silver Hospital, Silver Plus Hospital, Gold Hospital and our closed covers Mid Hospital (Basic Plus) and Premium Hospital (Gold).

For a limited time (until 1 April 2023) Peoplecare members on Bronze Hospital and our closed Basic Hospital (Basic Plus) can join this program.

The waiting period to receive this program is 2 months of continuous cover. Your premiums need to be up to date before you can claim this program. Despite the name, it’s not just about weight loss.

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  • joints & your mobility through muscle strengthening
  • stiffness through gentle exercise
  • pain management – a crucial skillset to help you sustain a better quality of life


Participants on the program can:
  • receive support over the phone, SMS and online
  • reduce weight
  • improve nutrition
  • improve metabolism, energy levels and other health indicators
  • improve fitness
  • learn useful ways to keep on top of your condition
  • increase their motivation to take care of their health
The program offers:
  • portion control eating plan
  • meal replacement options
  • tips to improve your fitness and assist with weight loss
  • personalised tracking to help you succeed
  • support and advice via phone, email and an online portal
  • education on understanding your condition and enhance your quality of life

Phases of the program

Food Exercise

Get started with some meal replacement options such as KicStart Shakes and KicStart Soups for breakfast and lunch so that you can get on the right nutrition path without having to get handy in the kitchen for each meal. You can add some suggested sides such as berries and salads.

For dinner, you’ll need to head to the kitchen to prep some healthy, filling food from the meal plan – meat and three veg is an option, so most people should adapt nicely.

Build up to 30 minutes per day of gentle daily activity like walking, swimming or cycling by the end of this phase.
Food Exercise
Add planned lunch and snacks to your daily intake. Increase time to at least 30 minutes per day and intensity (if possible) to continue weight loss.
Food Exercise
All meals are planned. Supplement shakes and soups are no longer eaten. Sustain exercise so that it can continue when the program finishes. Participants can use a steps tracker to keep on top of their 10,000 steps.

Want to join?

You can join the program if you have a:

  • diagnosis of osteoarthritis
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 28


  • Your GP approves and completes an approval form

To get a GP approval form and check if you’re covered, pop in your details to our Ask our experts form. Or you can email or call us!

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Osteoarthritis help on Peoplecare Extras covers^

Getting hands-on help? You can claim part of the cost of physio and exercise physiology(of course the benefit amount depends on your level of Extras cover).

But wait, there’s more. If your GP or other health professional declares you have a health condition, you might be able to claim certain other treatment costs. We can also pay benefits on all our extras covers for fitness programs and equipment if you have a condition requiring a health management plan. There’s a whole swag of goodies claimable in such cases, including exercise equipment, gym memberships, pool sessions etc.

For Mid, High or Premium Extras

You can also claim part of the cost on dietetics as well as complementary therapies such as remedial massage and acupuncture.

For more info on services that are eligible for benefits, view our Extras covers benefits.

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^Two-month waiting periods apply before joining these covers and claiming (unless you switch within 30 days from an Extras cover with these benefits where no waiting period would apply).

Source* Better Health Channel, Victorian Government

Want to know more?

If you feel you need a little more info before catching up with your doc, give us a buzz on 1800 808 690 or shoot us an email. Better yet why not ask our friendly team of experts who are always super happy to help members.

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