Introduction to Hand Therapy

Introduction to Hand Therapy Course - Adelaide

8:00am Saturday, 15 August 2020
5:00pm Saturday, 15 August 2020
AHTA Courses
Cliftons Adelaide
1/80 King William Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

This course has been postponed, information will be updated as soon as possible.

Introduction to Hand Therapy is a one-day course designed for those with less than 12 months of experience in hand therapy. You may:

  • have just started out in hand therapy
  • be preparing for your impending rotation into hands
  • be looking to acquire the skills required for an entry-level position in private practice
  • be a university student looking to bridge the gap between study and work.
  • This course is the first in your journey toward becoming an AHT and is followed by the Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course. 

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of upper limb anatomy
  • Complete an initial assessment including history taking and physical/clinical assessment
  • Apply clinical reasoning to plan a treatment approach
  • Identify the principles and purpose of splinting and appraise orthoses fabrication and relevance to treatment
  • Understand limits and extent of Hand Therapy and when a referral is appropriate. 

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


This course is aimed at students, new graduates, or experienced therapists aiming to learn a new skill set.  No experience or knowledge of hand therapy is required. This course is a recommended prerequisite to our Fundamentals of Hand Therapy course.


There will be an exam held in the last hour of the course.

Professional Development Credit

This is a certificate workshop, so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 9 CPD hours for attendance at a one day course, with successful completion of the examination. Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 7 hours credit for attendance at a one day course. 

Course and Booking Enquiries

To book your place, please ensure you are signed in or create an account and then click "Purchase Event" below. 

Registration for this course comes with a $97 credit towards membership of the AHTA as either an Affiliate or Associate, depending on your status. Please indicate when you check out whether you are a student or registered OT/PT. After enrolment, a staff member will email you the details of your membership and invoice for any balance outstanding. For the duration of your membership, you will be entitled to courses discounted to the Associate price along with numerous other benefits.

Registration Closing Date: 31 July 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.

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

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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.

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About the presenter - Shannon Edwick

B Sc (OT), Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Vicki Strelan

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 orthopaedics. 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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