Fundamentals of Hand Therapy

Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course - Sydney

8:00am Thursday, 5 September 2019
12:30pm Saturday, 7 September 2019
AHTA Courses
Cliftons Sydney
60 Margaret Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

The course uses a dynamic format including predominately lecture format with use of some case studies, demonstration and hands-on practical activities. It teaches, anatomy, biomechanics, human structure & function, assessment and tissue injury & repair advancing our understanding of the hand and upper limb. Following this course, you will be able to identify the anatomical structures of the upper limb and describe their specific functions, healing rates and complications. You will further develop the basis for broadening your clinical reasoning skills enabling you to problem-solve clinical scenarios and their assessment. This course is structured to run over 2.5 days.

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  • Perform accurate, reliable and valid assessment of a patient’s hand injury and assess their current level of function. 
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex anatomy of the hand and upper limb. 
  • Describe the pathology and healing process in hand injuries 
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex biomechanics of the hand and upper limb. 
  • Analyse and interpret information gained from assessment, other investigations (eg X-ray) and from knowledge of the pathophysiology of the hand injury in order to identify the precise nature of the patients presenting problem and the clinical reasoning required to solve that problem at differing intervals across the healing cycle. 
  • Plan short- and long-term goals for a patient including the treating surgeon and other members of the health care team. These goals should be realistic and consider the patients physical and psychological state and their current level of functioning. 
  • Select and implement appropriate intervention strategies while 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 Introduction to Hand Therapy Course OR
Have a minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience in a hand therapy setting OR
Have a minimum of 1-year post-graduate experience in a hand therapy setting with a letter of endorsement from a professional supervisor


Pre-reading will be forwarded to each participant prior to the course and a workbook will be issued to you on the first day of your course. There is an examination, which will run from 11am until 12:30pm on the last day.

Professional Development Credit

This is an examinable course so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at a 2.5-day course, and successful completion of the examination. Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 20 hours credit for attendance at 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 examination 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 Fundamentals of Hand Therapy are:

Non-Member $1400

Associate $910

Accredited Hand Therapist $840

To become a member of the Association please click here

Registration Closing Date: 22 August 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 before registering for this course.

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About the presenter - Vicki Strelan

CHT, OT, Post Grad Dip in H & UL, Grad Cert in Soft Tissue Injuries

Vicki was selected by the Australian Hand Therapy Association to join their presenter team in 2010, she currently presents courses in Advanced Trauma and Fundamentals of Hand Therapy. Vicki’s interests include multi-trauma, crush injuries and peripheral nerve injuries. Managing common injuries well is also a focus, specifically TFCC, volar plate and distal radius fractures.

At an academic level, Vicki has written and taught the curriculum in hand therapy for fourth-year occupational therapy students and was a senior lecturer at James Cook University. Vicki has spoken at international medical and rehabilitation conferences in Australia and New Zealand. For five years, she was elected to a panel of assessors for occupational therapy to advise the Queensland Minister for Health.

Arm to Palm Upper Limb Clinic (formerly Occupational Impact) is Vicki’s current private practice in Townsville, Queensland, opened in 2006. Her career history includes the formation of Reach Rehabilitation Pty Ltd in 1999, a specialised hand therapy private practice with multiple clinics based in Townsville. That same year Vicki was awarded a graduate diploma in hand and upper limb rehabilitation through Curtin University. In 2010, Vicki achieved a graduate certificate in soft tissue injury management through James Cook University. Apart from typical CPD activities, Vicki creates the opportunity to observe hand surgery in vivo whenever possible.


About the presenter - Shannon Edwick

OT, B OT, M Sc (Hand Therapy)

Shannon graduated from OT in 2006 and also holds a Diploma in Health Science (Massage Therapy). She has been working as a hand therapist since graduation and has a public and private hospital background specialising in plastics and orthopedics. Shannon has been in her current position at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in Perth since 2009. In this time she has presented locally and nationally on research projects including a comparison of early active motion protocols for extensor tendon injuries. 

Shannon also coordinated the research team at HULC and co-authored a paper in 2012 on the thumb inter-phalangeal joint sesamoid bone. Shannon has been a member of the AHTA since 2007, has served as an AHTA state representative and is delighted to now be a member of the presenting team.

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