Fundamentals of Hand Therapy

REGISTRATIONS CLOSED Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course - Perth

8:00am Friday, 28 June 2019
12:30pm Sunday, 30 June 2019
AHTA Courses
Cliftons Perth
Parmelia House 191 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia 6000

The course uses a dynamic format including predominately lecture format with use of some case studies, demonstration and hands-on practical activities. It teaches, anatomy, biomechanics, human structure & function, assessment and tissue injury & repair advancing our understanding of the hand and upper limb. Following this course, you will be able to identify the anatomical structures of the upper limb and describe their specific functions, healing rates, and complications. You will further develop the basis for broadening your clinical reasoning skills enabling you to problem-solve clinical scenarios and their assessment. This course is structured to run over 2.5 days.

At the completion of this course, therapists will:

  • Perform accurate, reliable and valid assessment of a patient’s hand injury and assess their current level of function. 
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex anatomy of the hand and upper limb. 
  • Describe the pathology and healing process in hand injuries 
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex biomechanics of the hand and upper limb. 
  • Analyse and interpret information gained from assessment, other investigations (eg X-ray) and from knowledge of the pathophysiology of the hand injury in order to identify the precise nature of the patients presenting problem and the clinical reasoning required to solve that problem at differing intervals across the healing cycle. 
  • Plan short- and long-term goals for a patient including the treating surgeon and other members of the health care team. These goals should be realistic and consider the patients physical and psychological state and their current level of functioning. 
  • Select and implement appropriate intervention strategies while clinically reasoning what effect such interventions will have on the patient’s level of function throughout the treatment process  

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


Completed Introduction to Hand Therapy Course OR
Have a minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience in a hand therapy setting OR
Have a minimum of 1-year post-graduate experience in a hand therapy setting with a letter of endorsement from a professional supervisor


Pre-reading will be forwarded to each participant prior to the course and a workbook will be issued to you on the first day of your course. There is an examination, which will run from 11am until 12:30pm on the last day.

Professional Development Credit

This is an examinable course so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at a 2.5-day course, and successful completion of the examination. Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 20 hours credit for attendance at 2.5 days. For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, this is a core course and successful completion of examination is a requirement for your application

Course and Booking Enquiries

To book, please click "Register Attendees" below. For other enquiries, please email

Registration Closing Date: 14 June 2019 (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 prior to booking your place on this course.

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.

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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

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.


About the trainee presenter - Shannon Edwick

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

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 orthopedics. 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.


About the trainee presenter - David Parsons

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

Dave graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2006. During his career, he has worked in both private and public sectors, before moving into a role at Curtin University teaching hand and upper limb rehabilitation, including orthoses fabrication, Dave is also completing his Ph.D. and conducting research. He has a keen interest in acute trauma and managing sporting injuries.

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