Join us and celebrate Hand Therapy Week, 7 – 13 June 2021
Take part in our competition and activities to celebrate the work you love, and at the same time, bring awareness and appreciation to the hand therapy field.
Promote the hand therapy profession in your clinic, hospital and community using the ideas listed below.
Register for our competition!
Write a script, film and edit a video. The video must be consumer targeted and the theme is "Choose Hand Therapy." You can utilise media departments within your workplace (public hospitals) or family members/friends to assist. Permission must be provided by those individuals that appear in the video for the video to be used for promotional purposes. The AHTA has a form available for this purpose.
Plan ahead as you will likely need to book time with relevant media department colleagues.
Two prizes available – One prize will be available for a public health practitioner (inc private hospitals) and one for a private practice practitioner.
Terms and conditions: The entrant must be an AHTA full member or associate member and must register their intention to participate with the AHTA via email@example.com. The entrant must submit the script to the AHTA prior to filming and completion of the video and allow five business days for review and feedback. The entrant must provide permission to the AHTA to use for promotion purposes. Video entry must be submitted by 11.59 pm on 13 June 2021.
How else can I be involved?
Send kits with Hand Therapy Week promotional items, hand-shaped cookies (get your family cooking and involved) and a brochure (AHTA has these) explaining the benefits of hand therapy to physician's offices and other referral sources.
Hold a practice/hospital department-wide kick-off party Monday and invite a respected key stakeholder to talk about a hand therapy practitioners role in improving patient outcomes.
Record a Hand Therapy Awareness Week message on your practice answering machine, or ask your reception staff to include it in their greeting when they answer the phone.
Ask your local newspaper to include a photo and article of a patient story and announcing Hand Therapy Awareness Week.
Offer the services of your staff to speak to local groups, such as high school, a local junior sports club ie football, cricket or basketball, health clubs, the YMCA, Rotary and or Lion's Clubs.
Appoint a Hand Therapy Awareness Week celebration team -- share the work.
Send a special "thank you" letter or message to your patients and doctors you work with.
Hold a (virtual) open house at your practice, and consider focusing on certain treatments or conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis).
Design fun baskets of hand cookies/candies to give to local schools, healthcare facilities or referring physicians. Include hand therapy statistics and benefits.
Recognize your hard-working hand therapy employees with a certificate of appreciation or an early finish.
Hold an appreciation dinner or happy hour for your hand therapy staff.
Sponsor a Hand Therapy Week poster contest and have employees' children and local schools participate. Not only will you get great designs you can display, you'll educate children at an early age on the value of hand therapy.
Be sure all therapists are aware of Hand Therapy Week. Encourage them to suggest ways to observe it.