Osteoarthritis classes

Our osteoarthritis classes are provided by a registered physiotherapist in collaboration with East Health Trust. Learn more about osteoarthritis and how you can improve joint function, increase flexibility and reduce pain.

Mind and body benefits

Understandably, living with osteoarthritis (OA) can be challenging. Fortunately, there are many ways to address this long term condition including osteoarthritis classes run by our physiotherapist. For example, you can be referred to this programme if you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee within the last 12 months. 

During the course, our OA Physio will cover basic joint anatomy and care of joints;  exercise (a major component of each class);  managing flare ups and medications.  Also, we discuss how weight and nutrition impacts on joints.

Everyone in the class is working with similar challenges, which builds a sense of camaraderie. Over time, we teach you exercises that can improve your flexibility, fitness and stamina.

Our osteoarthritis physiotherapist supports your progress

  • Fully qualified physiotherapist guides the OA classes
  • Rest assured, you can move at your own pace
  • Work alongside other people with osteoarthritis
  • Meet new people with osteoarthritis in our Ormiston community
  • Overall, you’ll boost your fitness and mental wellbeing

Osteoarthritis classes are safe and effective

This class is an excellent way to learn more and gradually increase your physical activity :

  • Aimed at supporting everyone, the class can be adapted for almost anyone
  • It has been shown to increase strength and flexibility
  • Promotes balance and greater independence
  • In addition, class attendance is associated with improved mental health
  • Led by trained physiotherapist teams who have a focus on osteoarthritis 

Health professionals who refer to OA classes

General Practitioner
Fluent in English. Dr D'Cruze has a Diploma in Child Health. MBBS, MD (Germany), DCH (Ireland). A highly experienced GP and urgent care doctor. A Fellow of RNZCGP.

Frequently asked questions

To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:

  • NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
  • International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration

On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.

Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.

This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.

Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.

All GP appointments are 15 minutes long.

  • One appointment is for a single health issue.
  • Should you wish to have a 30-minute GP appointment, it will be charge at a non-subsidized rate.
  • Depending on your age and health, one of our specialist nursing or pharmacist clinicians may be able to spend more time with you.

If you are a new patient, you will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your enrolment.

Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.

There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials

We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.

If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.

All consultations are by appointment only.

Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Please give us call on (09) 265 1325 or send us an email at info@ormistonmedical.co.nz, and we can set up your account.

We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).
Under 14 years Free
14-17 years $16
18+ years $18.50
Urgent prescription $27.50
The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.

We are open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm.

For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.

These are consultation prices only.

Under 14 Years - Free
14 - 17 years - $13
18 years & over - $19.50

Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.

We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.