Fracture Management Course



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Vicky Allbrook

Caitlin Rawstron

       Vanessa Zweck

Course type

This course is an AHTA Elective course.

Elective courses are suitable for practitioners:

  • that are experienced and wish to upskill or revise current best-practice
  • wishing to gain greater knowledge in a specific area of hand therapy
  • wanting continued professional learning (CPD hours)
  • undertaking to complete the Accredited Hand Therapist credential.

Refer Course types.

AHTA courses contains learning outcomes that meet at least the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards. 


AHTA courses meet Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards.

Presenters are Accredited Hand Therapists and have undertaken a four-stage presenter training program.


The course is aimed at a less advanced or experienced practitioner who has NOT been required to assess, diagnose and treat the fracture. 

It is suitable for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and hand therapy practitioners working as, or hoping to work as, primary contact health practitioners, who are required to assess and diagnose fractures and provide conservative management accurately. It is also suitable for those wishing to improve their fracture management skills in the public hospital system, especially in ED departments. 

Course content

This 20 hour (2 day plus pre-reading) course aims to provide therapists with a comprehensive review and education on hand fractures, their cause, surgical management and therapeutic management. The following will be discussed in relation to each bone: 

  • Anatomy
  • Bloody supply
  • Typical fracture pattern
  • Key treatment considerations
  • Summary of surgical interventions
  • Summary of therapeutical interventions, and
  • Discussion on orthosis design and treatment considerations.
Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Developed knowledge of the causes of fractures, deforming forces, fracture patterns and diagnostic features in the assessment of fractures in the hand
  • Increased knowledge and develop practical skills in the prescription and fabrication of orthosis (static and dynamic)
  • The ability to evaluate and analyse options for both surgical and therapeutic treatment based on an understanding of fracture healing and scientific literature
  • Developed clinical evaluation to create evidence-based recommendations and therapy programs for hand and forearm fractures. 

Refer to Course Assessment Policy.

Participants may choose to undertake the assessment.

For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, completing and passing the assessment is a requirement. 

Assessment includes:

  • an online exam 7 -10 days post-course via an online platform, based on the course content and pre-readings. The exam is in multiple-choice /short-answer format. 
  • a post-course assignment – a 4000-word paper to be completed individually – due four weeks after the conclusion of the course.

This course is 20 CPD hours for attendance only.

Participants will receive 50 CPD hours if they complete and pass the assessment. 


Member discount

Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists.

To become a member of the Association please click here

To register

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Go to the the Course & event registration and click purchase event. 


Non-Member $1430.00 inc GST

Associate $929.50 inc GST

Accredited Hand Therapist $858.00 inc GST

To become a member of the Association please click here


We endeavour to run all courses as scheduled however, at times, our courses do not meet the required minimum numbers to go ahead. Therefore, we advise that you DO NOT book flights and/or accommodation until the registration closing date (one month before the course), at which time we will notify you if the course does not proceed. Please Contact us for advice if you wish to book flights earlier.

Please read the Course Cancellation Policy before registering for our courses. 


The AHTA has a standard for course times as follows:

Face-to-face courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm local time.

Online courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)* is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October. 

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)+ is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April. 

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS. 

If you are in SA, WA, or NT you must check the time difference.

+Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT and TAS.

If you are in QLD, WA, SA or NT you must check the time difference.

If you are not certain, use this website to convert:

Before you attend


Pre-learning for this course will be available in a portal, accessed using your login and can be located under My Documents four weeks before the course. We recommend you commence the pre-learning as soon as it is available.

Portal access

All information regarding this course is located in a portal on our website. To access, please follow the steps below. 

  1. Go to our website
  2. Click on Login, located in the top right-hand corner
  3. Enter your username and password and click Login
  4. Go to the My Documents tab
  5. Click on the"[COURSE NAME] Resources" to access the course materials.
  6. Click on the Events tab to download your tax invoice.

The workbook for this course will be available for you at the venue. If you are attending an online course, the workbook will be posted to you prior to course commencement (you must ensure your postal address is correct in your portal).

What to bring

Not required.


Photography and filming

Please note that images taken at our course may be used for promotion and evaluation, including press releases; publicity materials, including newsletters, e-news, social media, presentations and our website. Images will not be accompanied by names or other details that could identify individuals. If you DO NOT consent to be filmed or photographed during an AHTA course, the participant must advise the AHTA office in writing via email.

Intellectual property disclaimer

By registering for this course, you agree that during the course, any contributions you make in writing in regard 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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