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 Hand Therapist?
A practitioner of hand therapy is a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist 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.
An Accredited Hand Therapist has demonstrated, to the Australian Hand Therapy Association, a high standard of competence in hand therapy. This practitioner has undertaken further study, a minimum of 3600 hours clinical experience in hand therapy, has completed a 12-month mentorship program within a five-year time-frame and must demonstrate continuous professional development.
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.