1.  Course type

This course is an AHTA elective course. An AHTA Elective course contains learning outcomes that meet at least the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards. 

2.  Overview

This 2-day course teaches participants to perform an accurate assessment and clinical diagnosis of wrist pain and management of frequently seen conditions. Wrist anatomy relating to real-life clinical presentations will be covered in-depth and in an interactive and engaging way. Practical components include surface anatomy, special tests of the wrist, a structured and comprehensive wrist assessment and practice. 

3.  Prerequisites 

The course is aimed at a less-advanced private practitioner or an experienced therapist who has worked in the hand therapy field but has NOT been required to assess and diagnose wrist pain and injury. 

It is suitable for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and practitioners of hand therapy working as, or hoping to work as, primary contact health practitioners, who are required to accurately assess and diagnose wrist pain and injury as well as provide conservative management. It is also suitable for those wishing to improve their wrist skills in the public hospital system, especially ED departments. 

4.  Assessments and learning outcomes

To pass this course, the participant must pass ALL Assessment tasks as indicated below.

Assessment TaskDueGrading SystemLearning outcome
90-minute exam (comprised of multiple choice and short answer responses)Conducted either at the conclusion of the course (face-to-face courses) or within two weeks after completion of contact hours (online courses)Pass/Fail (65% of correct responses required to pass)Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the applied anatomy, biomechanics and pathophysiology of the carpals and wrist complex, including the distal radioulnar joint
2,500-word case study assignmentWithin two weeks after completion of contact hoursPass/Fail (65% required to pass)

Demonstrate your ability to observe and assess the wrist of a client with wrist pathology – Briefly describe the client, including age, presenting symptoms, relevant history and current occupation/s (e.g. The work, leisure, sports, home responsibilities)

Clinically reason the type of wrist assessment chosen in relation to the presenting client and symptomology – Select and justify specific provocative tests that will assist the clinician to accurately diagnose potential causes of wrist pain or instability

Demonstrate clinical reasoning by providing a hypothesis on the diagnosis for the presenting client and symptomology according to the outcomes of the assessments performed – Clinically reason through the outcomes of the provocative tests

Demonstrate the ability to develop an appropriate treatment plan for the client given the presenting diagnosis`

Develop and describe intervention strategies (which may include an orthotic device/splint) for the client, demonstrating sound clinical reasoning supported by current best available evidence.

4 x anatomical drawingsWithin two weeks after completion of contact hoursPass/Fail (65% required to pass)Demonstrate a sound understanding of the anatomy of the wrist
A short video of clinical assessmentWithin two weeks after completion of contact hoursPass/Fail (65% required to pass)Demonstrate competency in the objective assessment of a wrist on a volunteer “client”

5.  Assessment details


The exam will be conducted online on 15 December 2020 at 7.30pm AEST

Participants are allocated 90min to complete the exam.

The exam totals 100 marks across 4 sections.

Section 1: Multiple choice questions 28 questions, total 28 marks, 28% weighting of the exam

Section 2: True or False 10 questions, total 10 marks, 10% weighting of the exam

Section 3: Short answer questions 22 questions, total 44 marks, 44% weighting of the exam

Section 4: Case Study questions 7 questions, total 18 marks, 18% weighting of the exam

Case Study

Word Count: maximum 2500 - Approximately 5 full pages

Formatting: Times New Roman font size 12, Line spacing 1.5, Cite all references at the end of your paper in APA format

Grading: Pass/Fail (65% required to pass)

You are to complete a case study on one of your clients with a wrist injury.

The case study should incorporate evidence-based practice and demonstrate knowledge of the following course competencies:

  • Subjective wrist assessment
  • Objective wrist assessment
  • Upper limb assessment to rule out co-morbidities
  • Diagnosis
  • Clinical reasoning for the choice of treatment
  • Selection of appropriate outcome measures
  • Treatment outlines
  • Graded rehab program
  • Use of references to support treatment choices and the condition
  • Use of imaging/ radiological evidence
  • Photographic evidence

Examples of case studies can be found in various AHTA newsletters over the years. These can be accessed from the Marketing and Communications page of the AHTA website.

Drawings  Drawings to be completed in the Workbook, pages 24-28.

Video  A short video demonstrating your objective assessment of a wrist.

Other requirements

  • Assignments are to be submitted as a ‘PDF’ document via email, details will be supplied.
  • Extensions to the submission date will only be granted if the participant can show evidence of illness or other exceptional circumstances with relevant medical/other documentation, sent to presenter prior to the assignment due date.
  • Where a participant elects to film or photograph a real client, the AHTA requires a signed consent form. Participants may want to restrict filming and photography to a healthy volunteer to avoid ethical issues.

6.  Statement of CPD hours

16 hours CPD is awarded to any participant who attends the 2-day course.

To receive 50 hours, CPD participants are required to attend both days of the course and pass each assessment component. Should a participant fail any of the assessment components they will be entitled to 16 hours CPD. There will not be an opportunity to re-submit failed assessments.

The AHTA will issue a full attainment certificate of 50CPD hours to your member portal.

7.  Course and booking enquiries

To book your place, please ensure you are signed in or create an account, then go to the the Course / event dates and bookings website page and click click Purchase Event. Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists. The registration costs for Assessment and Treatment of the Wrist are:

Non-Member $1200

Associate $780

Accredited Hand Therapist $720

To become a member of the Association please click here

Please read the Education Cancellation Policy before booking a place on this course. 

Please contact events@ahta.com.au to register your interest in this course or for any other enquiries.

8.  Teaching staff

Karen Fitt

Crystal Goodwin

9.  Course contact details

Contact events@ahta.com.au or the AHTA office via enquire@ahta.com.au or 08 9778 9070.

10.  Course schedule

Please refer to the schedule at this link.

11.  Previous participant feedback

“Karen is very clear in her presentation and knows in depth about the material that she's presenting. She never failed to answer any questions posted to her during lectures. Very professional yet approachable. Well done Karen! Thank you very much!”

“Highly recommend to anyone working in hand injuries”

“Very helpful and practical way to learn about a hard-clinical area”

12.  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. Please contact the office by email enquire@ahta.com.au if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer.