Arthritis of the Upper Limb

Arthritis of the Upper Limb - Sydney

8:00am Saturday, 15 February 2020
5:00pm Sunday, 16 February 2020
AHTA Courses
Cliftons Sydney
60 Margaret Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

This course will cover the principles of development, assessment, and management of arthritis and auto-immune conditions affecting the upper limb. The anatomy and biomechanics of the digits, wrist, elbow, and shoulder relevant to arthritis will be explored, along with conservative, operative and post-operative treatment strategies. A mix of lectures and group work will facilitate in-depth knowledge, reflections on previous experiences of attendees and applications to clinical practice.

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  • describe theoretical concepts of pathology and biomechanics in arthritis and auto-immune disease affecting the upper limb
  • understand diagnosis, assessment and common presentations in arthritis and auto-immune diseases
  • describe the pathomechanics of common deformities associated with arthritis and auto-immune conditions
  • understand conservative, surgical and post-operative management options of arthritis and auto-immune conditions
  • understand concepts of chronic disease management
  • apply knowledge to case-based scenarios

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




50 CPD hours inclusive of 16 contact hours, pre-reading, examination and assignment/case study.

Professional Development Credit

Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 16 hours credit for attendance at the two-day course. For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, this is an Elective course and successful assessment and completion of all components is a requirement for your application. 

Course and Booking Enquiries

To book your place, please ensure you are signed in or create an account and then click "Purchase Event" below. Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists. The registration costs for Arthritis of the Upper Limb are:

Non-Member $1200

Associate $780

Accredited Hand Therapist $720

To become a member of the Association please click here

Registration Closing Date: 4 February 2020 (or until fully booked)

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.



The AHTA is pleased to advise that accommodation for this course can be booked through TankStream Hotel at a discounted rate of 15%. Using the code AHTA during your booking.


Please review the AHTA Education Cancellation Policy before booking your place on this course.

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About the presenter - Jeff Sanderson

B Hlth Sci (OT); B Med Sci (Clin Physiol); CHT (USA); Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Jeff Sanderson

Jeff Sanderson has fifteen years of clinical experience including rheumatological caseloads in public and private practice. He has undertaken further study in radiology and medical science, further enhancing his knowledge of arthritic conditions. Jeff has a keen interest in rheumatology and stays up-to-date with pertinent literature from Hand Therapy, Hand Surgery, Rheumatology and Biology fields. Jeff presents regularly to AHTA special interest groups, the Hand Surgery Society and at teaching hospitals and clinics.


About the presenter - Brodwen McBain

BPT(Hons), CHT (USA), Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Brodwen McBain is a Physiotherapist who started her hand therapy career in the public hospital setting. Working in a large private hand therapy practice in Melbourne since 2012, Brodwen currently manages a varied caseload, including arthritis and rheumatological conditions. In addition to this, Brodwen gained experience in rheumatology while working as a rheumatology team Physiotherapist at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Brodwen is committed to education and furthering the profession of hand therapy. She has demonstrated this by commencing a Ph.D. at La Trobe University in 2017, her membership on the 2018 AHTA conference committee and volunteering with Interplast. Brodwen’s presenting experience includes AHTA special interest group meetings, as well as the Australian Physiotherapy Association Wrist Assessment and Aquatic Physiotherapy courses.

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