Elbow Course

Elbow Course - Adelaide

8:00am Saturday, 23 November 2019
5:00pm Sunday, 24 November 2019
AHTA Courses
Cliftons Adelaide
1/80 King William Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

This two-day course will cover all conditions and injuries associated with the elbow joint. It will include anatomy and biomechanics as well as all soft tissue and bony conditions of the elbow with the current evidence for treatment and surgery. There will be information on how to construct elbow splints and supports and practical exercise and taping demonstrations. The last day will conclude with a short exam covering the principles covered in the course. 

At the completion of this course, therapists will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the elbow anatomy and biomechanics
  • Be informed regarding elbow conditions and their suggested treatment both surgical and therapeutic
  • Have knowledge of braces and splints that can be used to immobilise and mobilise the elbow and what conditions they are appropriate for
  • Understand elbow exercises and mobilisation techniques and what conditions they can assist.

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


The course is designed for graduate Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists with some experience treating persons with upper limb dysfunction. This course is not open to students and not recommended for newly graduated therapists, it is an advanced course designed for members of the AHTA.


Participants wishing to complete the Certificate are required to submit a detailed case study 6 weeks after the workshop.  The case study assignment will be discussed further during the course.

Professional Development Credit

This is a certificate workshop, so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at the two-day course, and successful completion of case study and written exam. 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 the Elbow Course are:

Non-Member $1200

Associate $780

Accredited Hand Therapist $720

To become a member of the Association please click here

Registration Closing Date:  9 November (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 before booking your place on this course.

For other enquiries, please contact events@ahta.com.au

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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.

Please contact events@ahta.com.au if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer.

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About the presenter - Helen Burfield

B App Sc Physio, Post Grad Dip Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation, Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Helen has been treating hand and upper limb conditions for over 30 years. She graduated from the South Australian Institute of Technology in 1985 and became a member of the AHTA in 1987 while still working at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she developed an interest in the upper limb. While working for and with Sandy Williamson and Kathy Minchin at the Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Centre, she became very experienced in shoulder and elbow rehabilitation as well as splinting and rehab of the hand and wrist.

She took on study between having her two children and completed her Post Grad Diploma of Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation through Curtin University in 1995.

Since then she has been a partner in Adelaide Sports Physiotherapy as the hand and upper limb physio and also has another small practice - Adelaide Hand and Upper Limb Physiotherapy.

Helen lectures to Masters Physiotherapy students at UniSA, and is passionate about keeping therapists educated and up to date. She has also done research on elbow extensor tendinopathy with her work partner, Jim Mack, and this fuels her further interest in the elbow particularly. Helen is also a past president and treasurer of the AHTA.


About the presenter - Kathryn Phillips

BScOT, Post Grad Cert (Soft Tissue Injury Management), Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Kathryn graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Curtin University in 1999 and completed graduate studies in soft tissue injury management through James Cook University in 2013. As part of her post-graduate work, Kathryns specialized study focused on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and she has presented at local OT and AHTA conferences as well as AHTA webinars on this topic.


Kathryn has worked extensively as a senior hand therapist in both Western Australia and in the United Kingdom. In the past she has taught the Hand Therapy unit for undergrad OT students and currently teaches Anatomy and Palpation to undergrad allied health students. Kathryn currently works at Bodyflex Occupational Therapy in Perth where she treats whole body issues as well as hand therapy specific conditions via soft tissue modalities, including Fascial Manipulation (Stecco) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (Prague Rehab School).

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