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2017 National Conference

The Australian Hand Therapy Associations Annual Conference and AGM will be held at Stamford Grand, Glenelg, SA, on September 22-24 2017.

The Conference Committee, on behalf of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, would like to invite you to join us at the 2017 Conference- Connecting Pathways... Firing Up Our Nerve Potential.

We are delighted to have Dr Christine Novak, a Physiotherapist from Toronoto, Canada as our keynote speaker. She has a particular interest in nerve injury and compression and we look forward to hearing her present her current research and practice in these areas.

Dr Christine Novak and the invited speakers from Australia will present on a broad range of nerve related topics which should provide some relevance to all practitioners working in hand therapy. We are planning some exciting workshops both nerve and non nerve related.

We look forward to seeing you in September. Save the date!!

Kathy Minchin

Conference Convenor


The Conference Committee Consists of:

Kathy Minchin Conference Convenor - Scientific Committee

Belinda DeGaris Social Committee

Jordan Lefmann

Erica Elliot

Jo Marsh Treasurer

Kathy Minchin - Conference Convenor - Scientific Committee

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Kathy Minchin is an Occupational Therapist who has been working in her own practice, Adelaide Hand Therapy since 1986.  Kathy has a particular interest in the management of post operative conditions including tendon and nerve repairs, joint replacements, PIP joint injuries and fractures, but also enjoys managing sporting injuries and arthritis.
Kathy has been on numerous trips to Sri Lanka, travelling with a team of doctors and nurses organised by Interplast, working with the local surgeons and therapists.  She is one of the Orthotic Fabrication Presenters and has had a number of roles on the AHTA Committee, more recently SA Divisional Representative but many years ago Secretary and Treasurer. She was also on the committee for the AHTA Annual Conference in Adelaide 2007.


Belinda DeGaris - Social Committee

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Belinda graduated the undergraduate Occupational Therapy program at the University of South Australia in 2015. Belinda is passionate about hands and has undertaken work experience at various clinics in Adelaide and interstate, which has assisted set up a hand therapy corner at her current work. Belinda has worked at Saint Hilarion Aged Care, a private rehab-focused aged care facility, since 2014. She has also worked at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in the stroke unit, which developed her understanding of upper limb retraining and motor development programs.

Becoming an Associate AHTA member in 2015, Belinda looks forward to assisting plan the 2017 conference in Adelaide.



Jordan Lefmann

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Jordan is an occupational therapist at SA Hand Therapy. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 2002. Jordan’s early experience in neurological and disability related occupational therapy fuelled his passion for the rehabilitation of the upper limb. He commenced working in hand therapy private practice in 2008. In 2011 he became a full member of the AHTA. His most proud achievement is reaching Certified Hand Therapist status in 2015. He enjoys the challenge of atypical pathologies and diagnostics amongst a highly varied caseload.  Jordan is a senior therapist in his current role and engages in student education, staff training and business development. He has two beautiful daughters and is an avid cyclist.

Erica Elliot

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Erica completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000. The majority of her working career has been in the specialty area of hand therapy. During this time, she has managed a variety of hand and upper limb trauma and conditions, including burns. In 2014, Erica completed her Masters of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) degree through Monash University.

Erica’s interest is rehabilitation following major trauma and reconstruction in the hand and upper limb. She and colleagues published in the Journal of Hand Therapy last year, outcomes following extensor tendon repair and rehabilitation using the relative motion orthosis. Erica was an invited speaker at the 2016 AHTA conference themed Tendons: Moving to Mastery




Jo Marsh - Treasurer

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Jo Marsh is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. And works in her private practice in the Adelaide Hills.

Graduating from the University of South Australia in 1998, Jo started her hand therapy career in the UK in 2001. Before setting up privately in 2006, Jo enjoyed gaining experience in various public and private hand therapy settings, particularly the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

Jo has special clinical interests in first CMCJ OA & nerve compression injuries. As well as raising awareness of hand therapy amongst professional colleagues and the general public.

Jo is a full member of the AHTA, is an active member of the South Australian Hand Therapy group and was also involved in organising the 2012 Adelaide AHTA conference.