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Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis


Guideline development working group

The RACGP gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of the working group members in the development of this guideline.

Working group members

Professor David Hunter
Co-Chair, Guideline development working group; Florance and Cope Chair, Institute of Bone and Joint Research, Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, New South Wales; Rheumatologist, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales

Professor Kim Bennell
Co-Chair, Guideline development working group; Director, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Victoria

Professor Michael Austin
Associate Dean, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Victoria

Professor Andrew Briggs
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Western Australia

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder
Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital, Victoria; Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria

Dr Stephen Bunker
Clinical Research Advisor, Medibank Private Ltd

Professor Peter Choong
Chair of Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Victoria; Director of Orthopaedics, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Victoria; Chair, Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Dan Ewald
General practitioner, Lennox Head Medical Centre, New South Wales; Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service, Ballina, New South Wales; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney and Northern River University Centre for Rural Health, New South Wales; Lead clinical advisor, North Coast NSW PHN

Professor Kieran Fallon
Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, Department of Rheumatology, Canberra Hospital, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Mr Ben Harris
(November 2016–June 2017), General Manager, Policy, Information and Programs, MOVE muscle, bone & joint health

Professor Rana Hinman
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Leonie Katekar
Clinical Director, Medibank Private Ltd Associate Professor Marie Pirotta, general practitioner; Department of General Practice, University  of Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Michael Ponsford
Rehabilitation medicine specialist, Epworth Hospital, Victoria

Associate Professor Morton Rawlin
General practitioner, Macedon Medical Centre, Victoria

Dr Xia Wang
Epidemiologist, University of Sydney, New South Wales

Dr Samuel Whittle
Senior consultant rheumatologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, South Australia

Evidence consultants

Dr Raveendhara R Bannuru
Director, Center for Treatment Comparison and Integrative Analysis; Deputy Director, Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Ms Mikala Osani
Project Coordinator, Center for Treatment Comparison and Integrative Analysis, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Conflicts of interest

This guideline was produced in accordance with the rules and processes outlined in the RACGP Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of interest (COI) disclosures are available in the Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis: Administrative report.

All guideline development working group members completed a COI register before the commencement of guideline development. Any additional COIs were declared at the start of all meetings, and appropriately recorded. If a member declared a COI relating to a specific intervention (except researching), they did not participate in the discussion or decision-making for the intervention.

The development of the Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis is funded in part by Medibank Better Health Foundation. It provided support for the development of systematic literature reviews, data extraction and compilation of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) summary report.