1.  Course type

This course is an AHTA Core course.

2.  Overview

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.

3.  Prerequisites 

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

4.  Learning outcomes

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  

5.  Assessment details

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.

6.  Statement of CPD hours

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

7.  Course and booking enquiries

To book your place, please ensure you are signed in or create an account, then go to the the Course / event dates and bookings website page and click click "Purchase Event".  Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists. The registration costs for Fundamentals of Hand Therapy are:

Non-Member $1400

Associate $910

Accredited Hand Therapist $840

To become a member of the Association please click here

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. 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.

8.  Teaching staff

Joy Hanna

Christina Harwood

Shannon Edwick

David Parsons

9.  Course contact details

Contact enquire@ahta.com.au or the AHTA office on 08 9778 9070.

10.  Course schedule

Please view the course schedule for this course.

11.  Previous participant feedback

 

12.  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.