Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a major problem in Australia, and helping people to self-manage the condition is an important aim of treatment. Unfortunately, not all Australians with knee osteoarthritis have easy access to health professionals who can advise them how to self-manage their knee osteoarthritis. One way to potentially improve access to healthcare is to provide self-management advice by qualified health professionals, who are specially trained in the management of arthritis, over the telephone. At the moment, it is not clear what is the most effective self-management advice to provide over the telephone.

What will the study involve?

This project will compare two different forms of telephone-delivered support and advice for people aged over 45 with painful knee OA to find out which one works best for managing arthritis symptoms, and why. Participants will be allocated to one of two groups. Both groups will receive support and advice for the self-management of their knee OA over the telephone for a period of six months. Advice will be delivered by qualified health professionals trained in best-practice management of arthritis.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire at three different time-points throughout the study, at the very beginning, at the end of the intervention (6 months) and then again 12 months after you complete your baseline assessment. The data that we obtain from these questionnaires may also be used to answer other research questions relevant to the management of persistent knee pain and knee osteoarthritis.

Who can participate?

We are looking for participants who are aged over 45 years with knee pain on most days who are able to commit approximately 12 months to the study and have access to a telephone. You cannot participate in this study if you: have had a knee replacement in your most painful knee, have had any knee surgery within the last 3 months or are on the waiting list for surgery, or if you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, neurological or cardiovascular conditions.

What are the benefits of participating?

By participating in the study you may find you gain some improvement in pain and in your ability to carry out normal physical activities. You may gain increased knowledge about osteoarthritis and learn useful strategies for self-managing the condition. Importantly, you will be helping us find out what to recommend to others with knee OA in the future.

To register your interest for this study, please visit:

OR email the trial coordinator Penny Campbell: