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Murrumbidgee Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program

Murrumbidgee Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program (OACCP)

The Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program has now transitioned to the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

For enquiries regarding the MPHN management of the program please contact Narelle Mills (02)69233130.

For general enquiries please contact Emily Farquhar (Physiotherapy Manager) at the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital on (02)69386364.

The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network is working with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation to implement the Musculoskeletal Primary Health Care Initiative until June 2016.  The focus of this initiative is on the development, coordination and implementation of three models of care in the region:

  • The Model of Care for Osteoporotic Refracture Prevention
  • The Model of Care for the Osteoarthritis Chronic care Program and
  • The Model of care for Acute Low back pain.

All patients who are recommended by their specialist for hip or knee replacement at Wagga Wagga Regional Referral Hospital now have the opportunity to participate in the Murrumbidgee Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program (OACCP) which will help to ensure that patients are in their best possible health prior to their surgery. Evidence shows that a high proportion of people waiting for hip and knee replacement surgery could benefit from making some lifestyle changes to help lose weight and increase physical activity; this can improve outcomes for the patient after surgery and can sometimes delay the need for surgery.

How can the service help you?

As part of the program, a comprehensive assessment is provided by an Orthopaedic Nurse and/or a Physiotherapist in consultation with the individuals GP and Orthopaedic Surgeon.  Physiotherapists across the region have been trained to provide assessments so that participants can access this service as close to home as possible.  Physiotherapists are currently located in Tumut, Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith, Lake Cargelligo, Gundagai, Temora and Wagga.  Patients accessing this service are followed up every 3 months until their time of surgery.

The Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program (OACCP) Model of Care uses best practice evidence to improve the coordination of care by implementing an inter-disciplinary, conservative management model for individuals with osteoarthritis. The objective of the OACCP is to:

  • reduce pain
  • improve function
  • improve quality of life of osteoarthritis clients

For Health Providers
All GPs will receive information regarding any of their patients who are participating in the program.  Currently patients eligible for this program are identified via the Wagga Wagga Regional Referral Hospital once they have submitted their RFA (Recommendation For Surgery). Orthopaedic Specialists and GPs may refer directly to the Murrumbidgee OACCP for patients who may be considering the need for surgery.


Narelle Mills
Manger Partnership Programs
02 6923 3130