Arthritis of the Upper Limb Course



  Headshot MCBAIN - BGR        Headshot SANDERSON - BGR

  Brodwen McBain                               Jeff Sanderson

Course type

This course is an AHTA Elective course.

Elective courses are suitable for practitioners:

  • that are experienced and wish to upskill or revise current best-practice
  • wishing to gain greater knowledge in a specific area of hand therapy
  • wanting continued professional learning (CPD hours)
  • undertaking to complete the Accredited Hand Therapist credential.

Refer Course types.


AHTA courses meet Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards.

Presenters are Accredited Hand Therapists and have undertaken a four-stage presenter training program.



Course content

This two-day, 16 hour course will cover the principles of development, assessment, and management of arthritis and auto-immune conditions affecting the upper limb. The anatomy and biomechanics of the digits, wrist, elbow, and shoulder relevant to arthritis will be explored, along with conservative, operative and post-operative treatment strategies. A mix of lectures and group work will facilitate in-depth knowledge, reflections on previous experiences of attendees and applications to clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  • describe theoretical concepts of pathology and biomechanics in arthritis and auto-immune disease affecting the upper limb
  • understand diagnosis, assessment and common presentations in arthritis and auto-immune diseases
  • describe the pathomechanics of common deformities associated with arthritis and auto-immune conditions
  • understand conservative, surgical and post-operative management options of arthritis and auto-immune conditions
  • understand concepts of chronic disease management
  • apply knowledge to case-based scenarios

Refer to Course Assessment Policy.

Participants may choose to undertake the assessment.

Completing and passing the assessment is a requirement for those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist.

Assessment includes:

  • an online exam 7 -10 days post course via an online platform, based on the course content and pre-readings. The exam will be in a multiple-choice /short-answer format. 
  • There is a post-course assignment, 2500-word paper +/- 10%, based on your selected case study, to be completed individually.

Participants who cannot complete the exam as scheduled and advertised will forfeit the option of a Certificate of Attainment. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.


Please read the Course Cancellation Policy before registering for our courses. 


This course is 16 CPD hours for attendance only.

Participants will receive 50 CPD hours if they complete and pass the asessment. 

Member discount

Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists.

To become a member of the Association please click here

To register

To register your place:

Login or create an account

Go to the the Course & event registration and click purchase event. 


Non-Member $1430.00 inc GST

Associate $929.50 inc GST

Accredited Hand Therapist $858.00 inc GST


We endeavour to run all courses as scheduled however, at times, our courses do not meet the required minimum numbers to go ahead. Therefore, we advise that you DO NOT book flights and/or accommodation until the registration closing date (one month before the course), at which time we will notify you if the course does not proceed. Please Contact us for advice if you wish to book flights earlier.

Please read the Course Cancellation Policy before registering for our courses. 

Dietary requirements

To ensure appropriate catering, please note any dietary requirements when completing the online registration form.

Please note that not all requirements can be catered for at all venues.


The AHTA has a standard for course times as follows:

Face-to-face courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm local time.

Online courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)* is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October. 

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)+ is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April. 

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS. 

If you are in SA, WA, or NT you must check the time difference.

+Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT and TAS.

If you are in QLD, WA, SA or NT you must check the time difference.

If you are not certain, use this website to convert:

Before you attend


Pre-learning for this course will be available in a portal, accessed using your login and can be located under My Documents approximately five weeks before the course. We recommend you commence the pre-learning as soon as it is available.

Portal access

All information regarding this course is located in a portal on our website. To access please follow the steps below. 

  1. Go to our website
  2. Click on Login, located in the top right-hand corner
  3. Enter your username and password and click Login
  4. Go to the My Documents tab
  5. Click on the"[COURSE NAME] Resources" to access the course materials.
  6. Click on the Events tab to download your tax invoice.

The workbook for this course will be available for you at the venue.

What to bring
  • It is recommended to bring splinting scissors (if possible).


Photography and filming

Images taken at our courses may be used for promotion and evaluation; including press releases; publicity materials including newsletters, enews, social media, presentations and our website. Images will not be accompanied by names or other details that could identify individuals. 

If you DO NOT consent to being filmed or photographed during a course, you must advise the office in writing and advise the presenter on the first day of the course.

Participant feedback

It was obvious that both presenters have extensive clinical experience in this area and are very well-read on the topics they presented. The summary slides first thing on Sunday morning were an excellent addition to the content. The two presenters worked well together, and both were very open to questions and comments.

Browden was an excellent presenter and provided many practical examples and case scenarios during the course which were highly relevant. She explained the content very well and was very approachable. I would attend another course/workshop run by her.

I enjoyed the case-based learning, the review of the conditions and then the discussions re: current evidence-based practice / current treatment approaches. I valued the practical information that was provided.

Intellectual property disclaimer

By registering for this course you agree that during the course, any contributions verbally or in writing which you make in regards to improving, altering or amending the content of the course, may be used by the AHTA in subsequent courses and will become the intellectual property of AHTA.


Contact us if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer.