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


Refer to Course profiles for information about the Orthotic Immobilisation course.

This information below is specific to particpants of the September course.

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


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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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