Orthotic Fabrication Mobilisation Course - Gold Coast 2020

8:30am Saturday, 12 September 2020
5:00pm Sunday, 13 September 2020
AHTA Courses
Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Blvd, Southport QLD 4215
Southport, Queensland 4215

The focus of this two-day course is on the design and fabrication of mobilisation orthoses. A dynamic format using lectures, case studies, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities will help participants to improve their theoretical knowledge and proficiency in the fabrication of mobilisation orthoses. These skills will be used to master clinical reasoning and equip participants with the expertise required to successfully use mobilisation orthoses in clinical practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of thermoplastic materials fabricating numerous orthoses for mobilising the fingers, thumb, and wrist. Designs for mobilising orthoses for the forearm and elbow will be discussed but do not include a practical fabrication session.

Brief summary of workshop content: 

1. PowerPoint Lecture: Anatomy and Theoretical Principles

2. PowerPoint Lecture: Biomechanical Principles 

3. Demonstrations and practical sessions

  • Serial Static & Static Progressive Single Digit Mobilisation (Extension)
  • Dynamic & Static Progressive Mobilisation Orthosis with Low Profile Outrigger
  • (Hand-based flexion and extension)
  • Torque Transmission Orthoses (Radial nerve Palsy)
  • Mobilising using hinged joint orthosis (Wrist flexion/extension)
  • Mobilising for using springs (PIPjt extension)

4. PowerPoint Demonstration/Discussion: Mobilising forearm splint demonstration & [Time Permitting] Case reviews / Problem Solving 

5. Short written exam 

At the completion of this course, therapists will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of mobilising orthotic designs for the upper limb. 
  • An understanding of tissue response in the process of wound healing and disease and the effects of mobilising forces from orthotic application. 
  • Detailed knowledge of the theoretical basis of orthotic design. 
  • Develop an understanding and ability to apply research evidence when fabricating and prescribing upper limb mobilising orthoses/splints. 
  • An ability to fabricate mobilising and torque transmission orthoses for the upper limb using a variety of thermoplastic and casting materials. 

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


It is not a prerequisite that participants have completed the Splint/Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation Course, but it is strongly recommended. The course is designed for therapists with some experience treating persons with upper limb dysfunction. Participants must have a sound understanding of the principles of immobilisation splinting and be able to fabricate a wrist immobilisation orthosis in 15 minutes. Competency in use of thermoplastic splinting materials is essential. This enables the practical sessions to focus on fabrication of the mobilising components. This course is not open to students and is not recommended for newly graduated therapists.


Participants will receive pre-reading material containing general information about the course, structured exercises and references to assist in workshop preparation.   

The course has 3 assessment components:

Practical demonstration of orthosis fabrication: completion of all orthoses and evidence of competence in orthotic fabrication during the course
Examination: 1hr written exam completed between 4 and 5pm on the last day
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 a core 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 Mobilisation 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. 

Registration Closing Date: 27 August 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 a place on 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 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 if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer.

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About the presenter - Melissa James

BSC. Occupational Therapy, Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Melissa has worked in hand therapy for over 25 years.  She graduated from the University of  Queensland in 1991 with honours and a university medal.  She completed a Post- Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation (Curtin University) in 1997.  She has been a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association since 1996, including serving as Queensland State Representative.

Melissa has worked in both public and private sectors and now has her own private practice, Bayside Hand Therapy, in Brisbane.  Her teaching experience includes teaching splinting/orthotics to under-graduate occupational therapy students at the University of Queensland for several years, as well as running many courses on other hand therapy related topics.  Melissa has been a presenter of the AHTA orthotic fabrication courses since 2006.


About the presenter - Terra Bredy

OT, CHT, Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

In 1996, Terra graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of public and private therapy clinics throughout Canada and the United States and, in 2002, she obtained a certification in Hand Therapy. She became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) in 2009 and served as the Queensland Divisional Representative in 2013. During a brief stint in California from 2014 to 2017, Terra was an Adjunct Professor at Stanbridge University where she lectured at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and also served as a postgraduate research advisor on projects focussed on Yoga as a therapeutic modality for CRPS and on goniometric measurement techniques for wrist flexion/extension. Terra is an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA and a Certified Hand Therapist with the HTCC. She is based in Brisbane where she works as a Clinic Coordinator with EKCO Hand Therapy and as the owner/operator of LeatherWorks Splinting, fabricating custom leather orthotics.

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