Closed Trauma

COURSE CLOSED FOR ENROLMENTS Closed Trauma Course - Sydney

8:00am Monday, 27 May 2019
12:30pm Wednesday, 29 May 2019
AHTA Courses
Cliftons Sydney
60 Margaret Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

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
  • Shoulder Conditions

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.

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


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


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.

Professional Development Credit

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. 

Course and Booking Enquiries

To book, please click "Register Attendees" below. For other enquiries, please contact

Registration Closing Date: 13 May 2019 (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.

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

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.

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About the presenter - Christina Harwood

B Sc, M Occ Thy Studies, Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Christina graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2001. She worked in a variety of settings throughout the UK and in Australia, before focusing on Hand Therapy full time in 2004. Christina became a Member of the AHTA in 2006 and has previously served as State Representative and Membership Secretary. Constantly looking for the next challenge, Christina has completed research projects on scar management, splinting for rotation deficits of the forearm and most recently midcarpal instability, all of which she has presented at both national and international conferences.  

Christina was co-author of her first published paper in November 2015. She has a special interest in wrists, trauma and sport injuries and loves to teach. After experiencing public and private practices in Queensland, Western Australia and England, Christina is currently working at EKCO Hand Therapy, Brisbane.


About the trainee presenter - Rebecca Crowley

B.App. Sc. (Physiotherapy), Grad. Dip. Mgt, Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

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 newly opened 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. Her interest and passion for treating patients with traumatic injuries started at RPAH and continues at Northern beaches and Pacific Hand Therapy.


About the trainee presenter - Melanie McCulloch

OT, AHT (AHTA), Grad Dip (Hand Therapy), Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Melanie has over 20 years experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, working mostly in trauma across both public and private sectors. She is the Director and Senior Hand Therapist at Re-wired Hand Therapy & Nerve Recovery in Melbourne, Victoria. She has extensive experience in the treatment of brachial plexus injury and has presented at National and International conferences including an AHTA workshop on Nerve Transfer Rehabilitation in 2017. Melanie graduated from La Trobe University in Occupational Therapy and has a Graduate Certificate in Hand Therapy from Derby in the UK. She is a current Member of the Credentialing Council of the AHTA.

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