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Hand Therapy

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb - shoulder to hand. It involves evaluation and testing to assess the injured limb from which a specific treatment program can be designed. A variety of specialised treatment techniques are used to achieve these goals.

What is a Practitioner of Hand Therapy?

Registered Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who, through further education, clinical experience and independent study have become proficient in the treatment of upper limb conditions resulting from injury, disease or deformity.

What is the AHTA?

The Australian Hand Therapy Association Inc. (AHTA) is Australia's only professional association representing practitioners of hand therapy. It provides support for its members through continuing education, professional development, networking and representation at state and national levels. It also acts as a central referral point for doctors and members of the public seeking the services of Hand Therapists in specific geographic locations.

Through its membership of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT), the AHTA is also able to assist in locating hand therapists in other countries.

Our Mission

To represent members, advance the hand therapy profession and promote high standards of hand therapy practice in Australia

AHTA Objectives:

In order to achieve its Mission, AHTA will:

  1. Develop and grow the association
  2. Promote and communicate the practice of hand therapy
  3. Advocate on behalf of members and the profession
  4. Educate members
  5. Establish, develop and promote standards and membership for AHTA
  6. Support research into hand therapy
  7. Foster international & professional links

Consumer Information – Health insurance rebates for hand and upper limb splints/ orthoses

If you are planning to have hand surgery requiring a post-operative splint / orthosis, the AHTA strongly advises that you contact your health insurer first, to ascertain your eligibility and approximate your out of pocket expenses.

Please be aware that not all health funds or all tables of cover provide rebates for hand and upper limb splints / orthoses.

AHTA Office Contact Information

Telephone: +61 8 9755 0416
Postal address: PO Box 5111, West Busselton, WA 62806, Australia
Electronic mail: General Information: info@ahta.com.au