Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation

Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation Course - BRI, PER, SYD Oct 2020

8:30am Wednesday, 30 September 2020
5:00pm Wednesday, 11 November 2020
AHTA Courses
Online and
in person, New South Wales 2000

The focus of this course is on the design and fabrication of immobilisation orthoses. A dynamic format using lectures, case studies, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities will help participants to improve their splinting quality and efficiency and take the fear factor out of splinting. Participants in our immobilisation course will learn principles underpinning clinical reasoning for design and prescription of immobilisation orthoses for the fingers, thumb and wrist. Learn to make patterns and master a variety of splinting materials to allow you to fabricate professional-looking, comfortable splints to meet your patient’s needs. 

Brief summary of workshop content: 

1. PowerPoint Lecture: Fundamental Principles - Delivered online via Zoom 30 September 2020 7pm AEST

2. PowerPoint Lecture: Anatomical & Biomechanical Principles - Delivered online via Zoom 7 October 2020 7pm AEDT

3. PowerPoint: Clinical Reasoning & Orthosis Self Critique / Q&A - Delivered online via Zoom 14 October 2020 7pm AEDT

4. Demonstration & Practical Sessions - Delivered in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney in practical 'hubs' on 18 October 2020 (numbers pending). 8am-6pm local time.

  • Finger immobiliastion orthosis  
  • Wrist immobilisation orthosis  
  • Hand based thumb immobilisation orthosis
  • Wrist, hand and finger immobilisation orthosis
  • Hand-based finger immobilisation orthosis 

5. Short exam - online via Zoom 1 November 2020 7pm AEDT

6. Assignment - submitted via email 29 November 2020


At the completion of this course, therapists will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the theoretical basis of orthotic design for immobilisation of the upper limb
  • Detailed knowledge of the properties of thermoplastic materials and products 
  • An ability to apply knowledge of anatomy, histology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system or neurological dysfunction to the design and fabrication of upper limb immobilisation orthoses 
  • An understanding of orthotic fabrication as a therapeutic modality within the treatment regime for patients
  • An ability to fabricate orthoses for the immobilisation of the upper limb using a variety of thermoplastic materials
  • An ability to analyse the quality of a fabricated orthosis specific to a patient’s clinical and functional requirements. 

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


Participants will receive pre-reading material containing general information about the course, structured exercises and references to assist in preparation for the workshop. Participants are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the textbook “Hand Splinting Principles of Design and Fabrication” (which can be purchased by clicking here).

The course has 3 assessment components:

  1. Practical demonstration of orthosis fabrication: completion of all orthoses and evidence of competence in orthotic fabrication during the course
  2. Examination: 1hr exam 
  3. Case study: Submission of a case study using evidenced-based practise decision making and application of clinical knowledge submitted 6 weeks after 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 a two-day course, successful completion requires a pass in all 3 assessment components.

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 Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation are:

Non-Member $1200

Associate $780

Accredited Hand Therapist $720

To become a member of the Association please click here

In order to keep the cost of this course down, and ensure that everyone gets sufficient time in the practical component, we request that participants bring some equipment with them to this course if possible. Further information will be emailed to you upon enrolment. 

The practical session day will require self-catering due to COVID-19 food handling restrictions.

Registration Closing Date: 23 September 2020 (or until fully booked). Minimum numbers are required for each practical hub.

Please read the Education Cancellation Policy prior to booking this course. This course may still be subject to social distancing requirements and as such numbers are limited. It may be necessary to change venue, course dates or location so please ensure you book travel insurance or hold off on flights and accommodation until closer to the course.

Please contact events@ahta.com.au if this new date does not suit you (due to COVID-19 postponements) or to register your interest in this course or for any other inquiries.

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

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About the presenter - Helen Fitzgerald

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


Helen graduated from university in 2000. Initially working in the public sector she worked in Rheumatology; Burns and Plastics; and Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation for 18 months before developing her Hand Therapy skills during locum work in the UK. On her return to Perth she worked as a Senior Therapist in the Hand & Upper Limb Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for 8 years before devoting her time as a Director and Principal Therapist at InHand Occupational Therapy. She is an active member of the AHTA and has been involved in membership and education for the past 9 years. She was co-author of a research publication on the effectiveness of wrist splinting and education in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel syndrome in 2013.  Clinically Helen has a special interest in acute trauma, tendon rehabilitation and Rheumatology. She has a flare for splint fabrication and is passionate about the ongoing development and mastery of this unique skill in hand therapists across Australia.


About the presenter - Tracey Clark

Physiotherapist, M Sc (Hand and UL Rehab), AHTA Accredited Hand Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist (HTCC, USA)

Tracey is a physiotherapist with a Master of Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation (Curtin). She is an AHTA Accredited Hand Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist (HTCC, USA), with over 20 years clinical experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently shares the clinical lead role at the Westmead Hospital Hand Therapy Service, is practice principal at North West Hand Therapy and a casual lecturer in physiotherapy at UTS. Along with her clinical and educator roles, Tracey is also involved in hand therapy research. She is chief investigator of an RCT of Boxer’s fracture management. Tracey is a past President and of the AHTA and is chair of the AHTA Credentialing Council. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee for the IFSHT Conference in Berlin 2019.

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