healthy weightfor life

WHY CHOOSE A HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE?

Carrying extra weight can really take a toll on our bodies – both physically and mentally. If you’re reading this, it’s because you know a change will be good for your body and mind, and you’re open to exploring that first step towards better overall health and wellbeing.

Help is on hand from our partner Prima Health Solutions with its evidence-based Healthy Weight for Life program, as free support for HCF members who have held hospital cover for 12 months (excluding Accident Only Basic Cover) and meet the program's eligibility criteria.

By getting in touch with the Healthy Weight for Life team about improving your health, you can get back to doing more of the things you enjoy.

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Each Healthy Weight for Life program runs for 18 weeks and you’ll be guided through:

  • nutrition tailored to you
  • plans to get you moving more
  • online self-monitoring to track how you’re doing
  • advice from experts just a phone call away
  • community support through email, message board, post and SMS

FEEL THE BENEFITS OF HEALTHY HABITS

FIND THE RIGHT SUPPORT FOR YOU

BETTER HEALTH TO HELP MANAGE PAIN

The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life program is designed for people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and hip joints.

The program aims to support HCF members who want to reduce the pain in their joints, improve their mobility or prepare for hip or knee surgery.

From the comfort of your own home, you’ll get access to:

  • a dedicated team of health experts
  • nutritional and lifestyle support to assist with weight management
  • strength and mobility progress tracking 
  • digital week-by-week guides
  • strengthening exercise videos and education.

The Osteoarthritis Management program is open to eligible members* with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of above 28, who have knee or hip osteoarthritis and are considering joint replacement surgery.

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BETTER HEALTH TO PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASES

The Essentials program aims to support eligible HCF members^ develop healthier habits, lose weight and prevent the onset of various chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

This personalised program is led by trained dietitians to help you reach your health and wellbeing goals. It includes:

  • easy to use resources
  • simple nutrition and exercise tracking tools
  • expert support.

The Essentials program is available to HCF members^:

  • with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 26 and higher 
  • who have no chronic conditions but lifestyle risk factors, like smoking.
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BETTER HEALTH TO IMPROVE YOUR MOBILITY

The Stand Up To Joint Pain program supports eligible members* needing joint replacement surgery to improve their recovery and get back on their feet quicker. The program is delivered in the comfort of your home by a team of physiotherapists.

This telehealth program gives you access to:

  • a personalised and practical pain-reduction treatment plan
  • a pre-operative physiotherapy plan provided over a video or phone consultation
  • customised exercises to build strength and mobility.

The program is available to eligible members* who have knee or hip osteoarthritis and are considering joint replacement surgery.

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GET ADVICE ON YOUR NEXT STEPS

We’re with you every step of the way on your wellbeing journey - whenever you’re ready to start.

  • Go to Healthy Weight for Life and choose the program for you
  • Register your interest with Healthy Weight for Life and find out if you're eligible to participate. You’ll then receive an email with a form for your GP and the Healthy Weight for Life team will contact you in a few days to chat through the program and answer any questions you may have.

You can reach out to the team at any time. Call them on 1800 226 180 or email info@primahealth.com.au.

HEAR FROM OUR MEMBERS

"I was extremely satisfied with the program because it was firstly approved of by my doctor, supported by my health fund and easy to follow with ready help on the phone if I had any questions. I never felt I was on my own. I had every confidence in the program and it worked."

Helen, HCF Member

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FAQS: HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

ARE THESE PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY MEDICAL EVIDENCE?

The Healthy Weight for Life programs are supported by medical evidence and results have been published in international medical journals. The programs are designed to kickstart your weight loss, improve your nutrition, activity and strength and give you the tools to achieve and maintain healthy routines. They’re not about vigorous exercise, going hungry or attending meetings.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE?

If you’re overweight and living with osteoarthritis and joint pain requiring surgery – or are carrying extra weight and are at risk of developing a chronic condition – you may be able to access one of our free Healthy Weight for Life programs.

You may qualify for the Healthy Weight for Life Osteoarthritis program if you:

  • have diagnosed osteoarthritis and are considering joint replacement surgery
  • have a BMI of 28 and over
  • have GP approval
  • are aged 18 and over
  • have held hospital cover for 12 months that covers joint replacement surgery
  • are willing to provide your progress data throughout the program (including weight, waist circumference and pain score levels, among other clinical indicators) to Prima Health Solutions
  • have no allergies or intolerances to KicStart meal replacements
  • are not pregnant or breastfeeding, or intending to become pregnant during the 18-week program
  • have not participated in any Healthy Weight for Life program with us before.

You may qualify for either of the Healthy Weight for Life Essentials programs, if you:

  • have no chronic conditions, but have - multiple lifestyle risk factors (e.g. smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition)
  • have a BMI of 26 and over
  • have GP approval
  • are aged 18 and over
  • have held hospital cover for 12 months 
  • are willing to provide your progress data throughout the program (including weight and waist circumference, among other clinical requirements)
  • have not participated in any Healthy Weight for Life program with us before.

You may qualify for the Healthy Weight for Life Stand Up to Joint Pain if you:

  • have diagnosed osteoarthritis and are considering joint replacement surgery
  • have GP approval
  • are aged 18 and over
  • have held hospital cover for 12 months that covers joint replacement surgery
  • are willing to provide your progress data throughout the program (including pain score levels, among other clinical indicators) to Prima Health Solutions
  • complete a Stand Up To Joint Pain assessment
  • haven't participated in any Healthy Weight for Life program with us before.

DOES THIS AFFECT MY HEALTH COVER COSTS?

Taking part is absolutely your choice and if you’re eligible, it won’t affect your premium or health cover in any way at all.

HOW SHOULD MY DOCTOR SUPPORT ME WITH THE PROGRAM?

These programs support the care and advice provided by your own healthcare team so you will need their medical clearance to participate. The specific GP Approval Form for this purpose will be emailed to you upon enrolment. If you take regular medications, you may need to attend regular check-ups so your healthcare team can stay up to date with your progress and adjust dosages if needed.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE PROGRAMS?

The program is run by Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd (Prima) for and on behalf of HCF. You will be requested to register through the Prima website to enrol in the program, which will collect some personal information (including health and other sensitive information) about you.

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HOW IS MY PRIVACY AND HEALTH DATA PROTECTED?

The personal information that you provide to Prima is used and disclosed only for the purpose of confirming your eligibility and delivering and evaluating the program. If you do not provide this information, Prima may not be able to provide you with the services which form the program.

As part of the enrolment process HCF will disclose to Prima your member number and customer number in order to confirm the validity of your membership with us.

Prima will not disclose your personal information to HCF other than your name, address, date of participation with Healthy Weight for Life, member number and customer number in order to allow HCF to evaluate the service. With your permission Prima may disclose your personal information to your regular doctor or other healthcare provider.

For more information, go to: HCF Privacy Policy or PRIMA Privacy Policy.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

*To be eligible, members must have held hospital cover that covers joint replacement surgery for 12 months.

^To be eligible, members must have held hospital cover for 12 months.