The AHTA Conference has four annual prizes and sponsors the Amy Geach Award:

The Jill Chapman Award 

First presented in 1988 to honour the first President of the AHTA. This award is awarded to the author(s) of the best clinical free paper at the AHTA Annual Conference. 

The Australian Hand Surgery Society Award

First presented in 1998.  The AHSS Award is awarded to the author/s of the best research free paper presented at the AHTA Annual Conference.

The Leanne Breen Memorial Award

First awarded in 2010 in recognition of the value and importance of poster presentations to the scientific program of an AHTA conference, in formal recognition of the efforts of poster presenters. Mrs June Retallick (Leanne’s mother) donates each year towards this award.

The Founders Lecture Award

The AHTA management committee calls for nominations from the membership for the Founders Lecture Award in December each year.

The award is granted in recognition of a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association, or to the practice of Hand Therapy through office bearing, clinical excellence, research and publication, or education in hand therapy.

Nominations for the AHTA Founders Lecture shall be in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the association, or to the practice of hand therapy through office bearing, clinical excellence, research and publication, or education in hand therapy.

The nominee shall have been an AHTA member for a minimum of 5 years, and shall be proposed and seconded by AHTA members.

The nomination shall include documentation of the nominee’s contribution to the AHTA or hand therapy and an indication of the scope of the proposed AHTA Founders Lecture.

The Management Committee shall consider nominations and approve the nominee.  The successful nominee is expected to present a 50-minute address on issues of experience, research or philosophy, to an annual conference.

Value to include conference registration, economy airfares to the conference venue, and a memento of the award.  The AHTA shall fund the annual Founders Lecture Award.

Opening date for appications is the 15 December  and closing date is the 15 February each year.  Please see Founders Lecture Award Nomination Form here.

The Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award 

The AHTA sponsors this award and a member of the Management Committee is to sit on the judging panel. First awarded in 2014 and developed to recognise, showcase and share successful innovation in hand therapy that improves products and/or services. The value of the award is determined by Amy Geach, AHTA sponsorship is in line with annual AHTA awards.

Download a list detailing our AHTA National Conference Award Winners here: Awards