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In partnership with Arthritis NZ, we are delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of ten Mobility Action Teams from across the country to take part in the New Zealand Ministry of Health ‘Mobility Action Plan.’

We were selected from over 30 proposals as part of the second tranche of the programme which focuses on self management, education, exercise and pain-management. Read the Health Minister’s full media release here.

Arthritis is the greatest cause of disability in New Zealand and more than half a million people will be affected by arthritis during their lifetime1. In 2010 it was estimated that the total cost of people living with arthritis in New Zealand was $3.2 billion2.

These statistics make for a compelling case to create and develop innovative solutions that aim to reduce the burden of disease in the healthcare system. Since osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, our digital self­-management programme called ‘MOA’ (M​a​naging O​s​teo A​r​thritis), will support, educate and assist people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis to better manage their condition, improve their physical functioning and improve their overall quality of life.

Members of MOA will be able to interact with others on the same journey, share experiences and support one another on the private and secure online peer-support community. They will also have access to a personal health coach and a range of engaging, reliable evidence-based resources.

The programme comprises of self-­management modules that focus on pain management, increasing physical activity, healthy eating and general physical and emotional wellbeing. It also includes goal-setting, health tracking and social support, which are all key needs for participants living day-to-day with chronic disease.

MOA will be delivered over web and mobile platforms, allowing participants to take part and receive support from anywhere, at any time, provided they have internet access.

The programme will be delivered in four DHB locations - Wairarapa, Whanganui, Taranaki and West Coast, over a 2 year duration with a rolling intake of up to 450 participants over 12 months.

We are looking forward to getting MOA underway this month, with the launch date set for the start of February.

For further information, please contact hello@melonhealth.com

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1: http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/arthritis

2: http://www.arthritis.org.nz/pdfs/economic-cost-of-arthritis-in-new-zealand-final-print.pdf