Honoured Members


The idea of an association of occupational therapists and physiotherapists interested in treating upper limb injury and disease was first discussed on 31 August 1982. 

The association's purpose was to establish communication with other hand therapy groups and continue the profession's growth in this specialised field. 

Just over 1 month later, on 16 October 1982, a formal meeting was held in Sydney. Present were Jill Chapman from Victoria, Esther May from South Australia and Judith Morrin, Wilma Walsh, Peggy Whyment and Judith Hague, all from New South Wales.

The Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) was born on this day. 

We honour give thanks to our founders.

Jill Chapman (VIC) Judith Morrin (NSW)
Judith Hague (NSW) Wilma Walsh (NSW)
Esther May (SA) Peggy Whyment (NSW)

Founding and Inaugural Members

On 12 November 1983, a meeting was held in Canberra. 

According to the minutes of this meeting, eight therapists became members, and five applications for membership were received and tabled.  

We honour our founding members (4) and inaugural members (13).

Founding members

Jill Chapman (VIC) Judith Morrin (NSW)
Esther May (SA) Wilma Walsh (NSW)

Inaugural members

Full members                                                                                                                     Associate members

Jenny Ball (TAS) Judith Morrin (NSW) Janine de Kretser (VIC)
Jill Chapman (VIC) Beverly Trevithick (NSW) Susan Mitchell (VIC)
Suzanne Clemens (VIC) Wilma Walsh (NSW)  
Janet Dindler (SA) Naomi White (NSW)  
Cathy Jordan (VIC) Sandra Williamson (SA)  
Esther May (SA)    

Life Members

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Life membership is granted to a member of the association in recognition of outstanding achievement in activity relating to hand therapy or outstanding service to the association by way of bearing office, promoting the objects of the association and making a significant contribution to its growth and development. 

We acknowledge our Life Members.

1999 Rosemary Prosser NSW  2012 Birgit Svens SA 2022 Joy Hanna QLD
2004 Janet Dindler SA 2014 Amy Geach TAS 2022 Susan Peters USA
2004 Judith Wilton WA 2014 Elizabeth Ward NSW 2023 Barbara Hall WA
2004 Judith Morrin NSW 2018 Suzanne Caragianis SA Wilma Walsh NSW
2008 Jenny Ball TAS 2018 Tracey Clark NSW


2009 Barbara Watson QLD 2018 Anne Wajon NSW  


Click here to download the available citations presented at the AHTA AGM when they were honoured: Citations

Policy and Nomination Form – Life and Honorary Membership

Honorary Members

Honorary membership may be granted to a person, nominated by a member of the association, who is of acknowledged eminence in activity related to hand therapy or who, because of position, eminence or experience, has rendered outstanding service in promoting the growth and development of the association, but is no longer an active member of the association, or is not eligible for membership of the association.

We acknowledge our honorary members.

1987 Jill Butchers 2007 Ray Huttenmeister QLD  
1989 Esther May SA 2017 Nicola Massey-Westropp  
2005 Cynthia Nicol NSW 2019 Andrea Bialocerkowski QLD  
2007 Matt Woods QLD    


Policy and Nomination Form – Life and Honorary Membership

Past Presidents

1982 – 1985 Jill Chapman VIC
1986 – 1987 Wilma Walsh NSW
1988 – 1991 Sandra Williamson SA
1992 – 1993 Beverley Trevithick NSW
1994 – 1996 Jenny Ball TAS
1997 – 1998 Barbara Watson QLD
1999 – 2000 Janet Dindler SA
2001 – 2002 Judith Wilton WA
2003 – 2004 Celeste Glasgow QLD
2005 – 2006 Anne Wajon NSW
2007 – 2008 Barbara Hall WA
2009 – 2010 Beth Taylor NT
2011 – 2012 Joy Hanna QLD
2013 Rosemary Prosser NSW
2013 – 2015 Tracey Clark NSW
2015 - 2016 Helen Burfield SA
2016 - 2017 Karen Fitt VIC
2017 - 2018 Nicola Cook NSW
2018 – 2020 Lara Griffiths TAS
2021 – 2022 Hamish Anderson VIC
2022 – current Rebecca Crowley NSW