1.  Course type

This course is an AHTA Core course.

2.  Overview

Closed Trauma will build on existing knowledge of human anatomy, biomechanics, and function as well as tissue injury and repair that is taught in the Fundamentals of Hand Therapy workshops. This 2.5-day course enables therapists to identify appropriate evidence-based therapeutic strategies, splinting, protocols and guidelines depending on the patient's stage in recovery and complications.

Following this course, you will be able to identify the critical anatomical structures of the digits, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder that impact the conservative management of a range of traumatic conditions.  The types of conditions that will be covered range from Scaphoid lunate ligament injuries, Posterior interosseous nerve injuries, Radial head fractures, and Shoulder Impingements.  

During this course, we look in depth at conditions associated with hand and upper limb trauma, including elbow and shoulder. You will further develop clinical reasoning skills appropriate to complex clinical scenarios, including but not limited to;

  • Fractures
  • Musculotendinous & Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Neurovascular conditions
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The trauma course will include a component on the shoulder as this is a core competency requirement for the AHT accreditation.

3.  Prerequisites 

Completed Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course OR
Completed a Masters or postgraduate degree in Hand Therapy (PT/OT) OR
Be an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association OR
Have a minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience in a hand therapy setting
Familiar with hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder anatomy
Familiar with provocative tests for wrist pathology

4.  Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex anatomy, biomechanics, and pathophysiology that is involved in upper limb multi-trauma.
  2. Describe the pathology and healing process in hand trauma.  
  3. Analyse and interpret information gained from referral, assessment, medical investigations (eg X-ray) and knowledge of the pathophysiology of the upper limb injury/surgery. This is in order to identify the precise nature of the patients presenting problem and the clinical reasoning required to solve clinical challenges or variations at differing intervals across the healing cycle.
  4. Where appropriate, practice through demonstration reliable and valid assessment techniques at differing intervals across the healing cycle.
  5. Enhance awareness of intervention strategies (which may include an orthotic device/splint) for clients with specific hand and upper limb trauma, supported with sound clinical reasoning and current literature.
  6. Become familiar with short and long-term goal setting for a patient including the treating surgeon and other members of the health care team. These goals should be realistic, client-centered, should reflect the current stage of healing and consider the patients physical and psychological state. 
  7. Enhance knowledge of appropriate intervention strategies and clinically reasoning what effect such interventions will have on the patient’s level of function throughout the treatment process.

5.  Assessment details

There will be two tests during the course, based on the course content and pre-readings. Tests are in a multiple choice /short answer format. There is no post-course assignment.

There will be practical sessions and it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing, for example, gym gear.

6.  Statement of CPD hours

This is a certificate workshop, so along with the course content, participants are encouraged to undertake the prereading and complete the tests to allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at 2.5 days course. Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 20 hours credit for attendance for 2.5 days. For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, this is a core course and successful completion of all components are a requirement for your application. 

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 Closed Trauma are:

Non-Member $1400

Associate $910

Accredited Hand Therapist $840

To become a member of the Association please click here

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.Please read the Education Cancellation Policy prior to booking your place on this course. 

8.  Teaching staff

Christina Harwood

Rebecca Crowley

Melanie McCulloch

Kathryn Phillips

9.  Course contact details

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

10.  Course schedule

For further information, please view the course schedule for this course.

11.  Previous participant feedback

 

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.