Closed Trauma Course





Course type

This course is an AHTA Core course.

Core courses are suitable for practitioners:

  • with a minimum of two years of post-graduate experience in treating upper limb conditions
  • looking to acquire additional skills required for a position in hand therapy
  • wishing to upskill and learn current best-practice
  • 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.


To attend this course, you must:

  1. have completed the Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course OR
  2. have completed a Master's or postgraduate degree in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy OR
  3. be an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
Course content

Closed Trauma will build on existing knowledge of human anatomy, biomechanics, and function, as well as tissue injury and repair taught in the Fundamentals of Hand Therapy workshops. This 20-hour 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 conditions covered include Scaphoid lunate ligament injuries, Posterior interosseous nerve injuries, Radial head fractures, and Shoulder Impingement.  

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

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

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex anatomy, biomechanics, and pathophysiology of upper limb multi-trauma.
  2. Describe the pathology and healing process in hand trauma.  
  3. Analyse and interpret information gained from a referral, assessment, medical investigations (eg X-ray) and knowledge of the upper limb injury/surgery pathophysiology. This is to identify the precise nature of the patient's presenting problem and the clinical reasoning required to solve clinical challenges or variations at differing intervals across the healing cycle.
  4. Where appropriate, practice by demonstrating 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 health care team members. These goals should be realistic, client-centred, should reflect the current stage of healing and consider the patient's physical and psychological state. 
  7. Enhance knowledge of appropriate intervention strategies and clinically reasoning on what effect such interventions will have on the patient’s level of function throughout the treatment process.

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 no post-course assignment.

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.


This course is 20 CPD hours for attendance only.

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


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 Course & event registration and click purchase event. 


Non-Member $1530.00 inc GST

Associate $994.50 inc GST

Accredited Hand Therapist $918.00 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

Please note any dietary requirements when completing the online registration form to ensure appropriate catering.

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 four 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. If you are attending an online course, the workbook will be posted to you prior to course commencement (you must ensure your postal address is correct in your portal).

What to bring
  • Participants are to wear comfortable clothing, for example, gym gear/singlet and bring a towel (for face-to-face only)
  • 1 x small tub of Play-dough (required for online only)
  • Suggest having Thera-band (if possible for online only)


Photography and filming

Images taken at our workshops may be used for promotion and evaluation; including press releases; publicity materials, 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 be filmed or photographed during an AHTA course, you must Contact us and advise the presenter on the first day of the course.

Participant feedback

"My favourite AHTA course out of all of them. Loaded with information that I can take back to the clinic."

" Excellent course, very knowledgeable staff. Great course given the pressures of COVID. Thank you for your hard work."

Intellectual property disclaimer

By registering for this course you agree that during the course, any contributions verbally or in writing which you make in regard 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 details

Contact us.