How to join a program

If you have arthritis, you have come to the right place. Now, more than ever, is the time for you to keep moving – and The Joint Movement is here to help you do just that. Joining an exercise program is easy; first, you need to get a referral, and there are two ways to do this: through your GP, or self-referring. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be moving in no time.

GP referral

  • Speak to your GP and ask them for a referral. If appropriate, your GP will refer you through a General Practitioner Management Plan. Your GP will recommend an exercise physiologist for your next step.
  • Arrange a pre-exercise appointment with the exercise physiologist who is on your referral letter. When you attend the appointment, remember to take with you details of any medication you’re on, and a list of questions if you have any. The exercise physiologist will ask you questions about your arthritis and assess how well you are able to do simple exercises. This will take about 45 minutes and will ensure you get the most out of the classes. Following this assessment, the exercise physiologist will refer you to a specific exercise program that is appropriate for you and your needs.
  • Now you can attend your exercise classes. Each exercise program consists of 20 classes in total, which you should attend twice a week over the course of 10 weeks. Class sizes are purposefully small, and the sessions are run by specially trained Leaders who are qualified in teaching classes to people with arthritis.

The Joint Movement offers two programs of classes: strength training and warm water classes. Both programs offer simple movements that can be gradually increased with regular training. Your exercise physiologist will assess which program best suits your needs and allocate you to a class accordingly.

There are costs involved in attending the program, but these may be reduced if your GP refers you through a General Practitioner Management Plan. This may enable you to claim a rebate through Medicare.

Self-referral

  • Phone the Arthritis Helpline on 1800 011 041 to self-refer to The Joint Movement. You will be sent a prescreening assessment form to fill out. Alternatively, you can download and print out the form yourself. If your assessment highlights any risk factors, you will be required to see your GP prior to seeing an exercise physiologist.
  • Next, you need to arrange a pre-exercise appointment with an exercise physiologist who is registered with The Joint Movement. To find an exercise physiologist in your area, use our locator app. When you attend your pre-exercise appointment, remember to take with you the completed prescreening assessment form, details of any medication you’re on, and a list of questions if you have any. The exercise physiologist will ask you questions about your arthritis and assess how well you are able to do simple exercises. This will take about 45 minutes and will ensure you get the most out of the classes. Following this assessment, the exercise physiologist will refer you to a specific exercise program.
  • Now you can attend your exercise classes! Each exercise program consists of 20 classes in total, which you should attend twice a week over the course of 10 weeks. Class sizes are purposefully small, and the sessions are run by specially trained leaders who are qualified in teaching classes to people with arthritis.

There are costs involved in attending the program. If you self-refer, you won’t qualify for a Medicare rebate.

More information

For more information, see The Joint Movement information for participants sheet, visit our frequently asked questions page, or contact us.