New model of care to prevent thousands of unnecessary joint replacement operations

  26 February 2018  NWMPHN   

Earlier this month, a new Victorian model of care was launched to improve the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.  

One in four joint replacement surgeries could be avoided and successfully treated with non-surgical methods. The new model seeks to reduce the demand for surgery and increase the number of patients who are managed in primary care and community settings.  

General practitioners can login to HealthPathways Melbourne to access a suite of osteoarthritis pathways that have been developed in-line with the new model of care. These pathways provide best practice and accurate referral information for rheumatology and orthopaedic assessment, as well as referral information for allied health services.  

Visit HealthPathways Melbourne to view pathways related to: 

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) 
  • Hip osteoarthritis (OA) 
  • Knee osteoarthritis (OA) 
  • Shoulder (Glenohumeral) osteoarthritis (OA) 

The osteoarthritis model of care is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, St Vincent’s Hospital, MOVE, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Curtin University, Melbourne University, and Medibank. To find out more about the model of care, visit the MOVE website.  

To find out more about HealthPathways, or to book a demonstration in your practice, email