Board of Directors
The current Board of Directors are profiled below.
Hamish graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1995. After graduating, he worked in the United States for 5 years, qualifying as a CHT in 2001.
Hamish is now the senior hand therapy clinician at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, combining this role with his private practice and his work at the Hawthorn Football Club. He has a specific interest in treating athletes with hand injuries, and in dysfunctional wrist biomechanics having published articles and presenting frequently in both areas. He also co-authored the chapters on the hand and the wrist in the current edition of Brukner and Khans’s “Clinical Sports Medicine”.
Hamish has been an active member of the AHTA since his return to Australia. He has served as the divisional representative for Victoria, and was co-convenor of the 2018 AHTA National Conference. He is looking forward to his new role in helping to promote and further the agenda and strategic plan of the AHTA with specific regard to the research and scholarship portfolio.
Hamish can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.
Lara has over 20 years experience in the practice of hand therapy. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 and commenced her hand therapy career right away.
Lara gained her early experience in one of Sydney’s large teaching hospitals before moving to the USA in 1999. She attained the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2003. Lara has worked in a variety of private clinics in Sydney gaining valuable knowledge and experience from very experienced therapists and surgeons along the way, before relocating to Tasmania in 2013.
Lara has previously held the position of NSW Divisional Representative to the management committee and currently holds the position of Tasmanian Representative to the States and Territories sub-committee.
Lara is excited about taking up the role of Past President and is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the growth and recognition of hand therapy in Australia.
Lara can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.
Rebecca graduated in Physiotherapy in 1988. She worked at hospitals in Sydney and London before moving into Hand Therapy at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1993. Since 2006, she has worked for the Hand Therapy Group at practices in Hornsby, Macquarie University, Dee Why and the Northern Beaches Hospital. She has been a member of the AHTA since 2005 and served as Divisional Rep, in marketing and promotions as well as Chair of the annual AHTA Conference organizing committee in 2011 and 2016. Rebecca has also taught undergraduate students at the University of Sydney and the Australian Catholic University. Rebecca is a trainee presenter for both Closed and Open Trauma courses.
Rebecca can be contacted emailing the AHTA office.
Finance, Audit, Risk and Governance
Julia graduated from Cumberland College Health Sciences in 1987 as a Physiotherapist. She worked at RPAH, Royal Perth and Prince of Wales Hospitals. She discovered hand therapy at Prince of Wales Hospital in 1990. It has been her passion ever since. She was Senior Hand Therapist at POWH for 4 years before opening her own private practice in1995, Southern Hand Therapy.
Julia commenced a locum Hand Therapy practice in 2019. She enjoys working in different practices from metropolitan to country.
Julia became a full member of the AHTA in 1993, certified CHT in 2003 when it was first offered in Australia. She is an AHTA Accredited Hand Therapist. Julia has been involved in AHTA divisional rep in the earlier years and video the interest meetings for the rural therapists. In 2018 Julia was the Communications Officer on the AHTA Management Committee, and has also been a volunteer with Interplast in the Pacific.
The AHTA has been instrumental facilitating education for our industry. In the beginning it was by conferences only. Now we have courses and Accreditation due to hard efforts of volunteers so now I’m proud to be part of the committee to represent our members and continue to drive our industry forward.
Julia can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.
Credentialing Council Officer
Dave graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2006. During his career he has worked in both private and public sectors, before moving into a role at Curtin University teaching hand and upper limb rehabilitation, including orthoses fabrication, Dave is also completing his PhD and conducting research. He has a keen interest in acute trauma and managing sporting injuries and is a presenter of the AHTA Orthoses Courses.
Previously Dave sat on the AHTA Management Committee as Treasurer for 6 years and was also a member of the AHT Steering Committee. Dave has a vast knowledge of the AHTA and the AHT Credential and returns to the AHTA Management Committee once again to use his knowledge and skills to help further the Mission and Strategic Goals of the AHTA, as well as ensuring that the AHT Credential moves from strength to strength.
Dave can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.
Marketing and Communications
Jacki has over 25years experience in the practice of hand therapy. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990 and moved from working in Orthopaedics to Hand Therapy. Jacki has worked at several teaching hospitals in Sydney and London early in her career before moving to Private Practice in Sydney. She relocated to her home town of Orange in 2006 and has been working in her own practice since that time.
She completed her CHT in 2003 and has taught undergraduate Physiotherapy students from Charles Stuart Uni over the past six years.
She looks forward to being part of the Communication and Marketing team and contributing to the AHTA as it evolves to serve its members.
Jacki can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.
Helena completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland in 2001 and has worked in both public and private sectors. She began working in hand therapy in 2004 and spent the first 14 years of her working life in the public sector. In 2015 she moved into private practice on the north side of Brisbane where she continues to grow and learn.
Helena is an AHT and became a member of the Education Committee in early 2019. She has always loved training OT students in the area of Hand Therapy and felt that she would like to contribute to the profession by volunteering for the AHTA in an area that she enjoyed - Education. Helena feels that one of the best things about working in hand therapy is that there is always more to learn.
“I learn from surgeons, other therapists and my clients every day and I am excited to assist in the ongoing provision and development of Educational opportunities for our members and people interested in the area of Hand Therapy.”
Helena can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.
Special Interest Groups
Vicky graduated from Curtin University in Perth, WA in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science – Occupational Therapy degree. Vicky spent the next three years working in Hand and Upper Limb rehabilitation in the Southwest and Perth before moving to the United Kingdom in 2008. Vicky then began work in the National Health Service, continuing in orthopedics and Hand Therapy in various hospitals in London and Brighton.
Vicky returned to Perth at the end of 2012 to work with the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC). Vicky has managed the clinic since 2017.
Vicky has presented at AHTA conferences in 2013 and 2015. Vicky presented at the Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in the Philippines in 2017. Vicky is passionate about Hand and Upper Limb Therapy and the future of our wonderful profession.
Vicky is responsible for the Special Interest Group portfolio.
Vicky can be contacted by emailing the AHTA office.