Introduction to Hand Therapy

Introduction to Hand Therapy Course - Gold Coast

8:00am Monday, 9 November 2020
5:00pm Monday, 9 November 2020
AHTA Courses
VOCO Hotel
31 Hamilton Avenue
Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

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 $95 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.

Registration Closing Date: 27 October 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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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.

Please contact if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer.

$440.00 *
$440.00 *
* Price includes GST where applicable

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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

Vicki Strelan

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 mid carpal instability, all of which she has presented at both national and international conferences. 

Christina was a co-author of her first published paper in November 2015. She has a special interest in wrists, trauma and sports 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.

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