Living Well with Arthritis

Course Provider

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCM)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


This course is designed to upgrade the skills and competencies of healthcare and health-related professionals, such as nurses, allied health workers, senior activity centre staff, and health coaches, in the field of chronic disease intervention. With a focus on mitigating risks and managing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the course equips these professionals to guide and support patients, particularly senior citizens, in preventing and managing these conditions through a combination of medication compliance and lifestyle modifications such as exercise, diet, pain management, biomechanical adjustments, and the use of movement aids.

These holistic management strategies go beyond the basics of disease management and are not typically covered in traditional training programs.

This course aligns with recent healthcare initiatives aimed at addressing the needs of our aging population, such as Healthier SG and the National Plans for Successful Ageing. These initiatives emphasize community-based and lifestyle-oriented healthcare delivery and aim to double the number of senior activity centres in the coming years, providing elderly individuals with the support they need for their social and health needs.

Course Availability

  • Date(s): 08 to 10 Nov 2023

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

    Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)

    Registration Closing Date: 18 Oct 2023

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:
  • Acquire and retain accurate basic knowledge of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • State the cause(s) of OA and RA
  • Describe the effect of lifestyle, posture, and supplements on OA and RA
  • Coach and counsel, especially elderly, patients on the management of osteoarthritis at the different stages, working towards improving their self-competency and self-sufficiency in living with OA/RA
  • Modify and optimize exercise variables to reduce the risk of, and progression of OA/RA
  • Acquire the skill sets in managing community and healthcare treatments in specialist and community clinics, and in Senior Activity Centres.
  • Enable learners to acquire the necessary skills to design treatment plans for patients and senior citizens on lifestyle and behavioral interventions.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA),  disease, effects
  • Managing OA and RA
  • Improving lifestyle, improving OA and RA
  • Moving better and exercising with OA and RA

  •  Living and improving my Life with OA and RA

  • My own improvement plan for my OA and RA

This course is suitable for nurses, Allied health professionals (AHPs), healthcare workers in Senior Activity Centres, and other health-related workers e.g., health coaches.

Standard Course Fee: S$1,944

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.  

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Dr Lim Yii Hong

Dr Lim obtained his medical degree from the National University of Singapore and his Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certificate from the American College of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Certificate with the International Olympic Committee and his Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. He has worked in clinical sports medicine, rehabilitation and lifestyle intervention for more than 15 years focusing on behavioural modification, lifestyle intervention and musculoskeletal rehabilitation as part of holistic performance optimization.

He was the Chief Medical Officer for Team Singapore in the 2013 Asian Youth Games and 2014 Asian Games, overseeing the health and wellbeing of the Team Singapore athletes and delegates. Besides his long-standing interest in healthy lifestyle, performance optimisation and wellbeing, Dr Lim has also been actively working in cardiac rehabilitation programmes and in community preventive health programmes over the past decade.

He has been the Head of Clinical & Wellness in Cigna Singapore, helming clinical governance and wellness strategy for the Employee Benefits space in Singapore. Currently Dr Lim was the Head of Governance, Analytics and Partnerships at the University Wellbeing Office, Nanyang Technological University, overseeing wellbeing policies and partnership programmes for better mental health and general wellbeing of all NTU staff and students. As part of self-care and personal wellbeing, Dr Lim also enjoys daydreaming, catching up on trivia, cultivating a jungle in his living room, trekking and long walks with the occasional run, swim and gym.