Honoured Members

Founding Members

The idea of an Association of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists interested in the treatment of upper limb injury and disease was first discussed on 31 August 1982. The purpose of the Association was to establish communication with other hand therapy groups and continue the growth of the profession 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. On this day, the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) was born and these 6 therapists would become the AHTA’s very first members.

We honour our founding members.

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

Life Members

Life Membership is granted to a member of the association in recognition of outstanding achievement in some 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.

 Rosemary Prosser (1999)  Wilma Walsh  Janet Dindler (2004)
 Judith Wilton (2004)  Judith Morrin (2004)  Jenny Ball (2008)
 Barbara Watson (2009)  Birgit Svens (2012)  Amy Geach (2014)
 Elizabeth Ward (2014)  Tracey Clark (2018)  Anne Wajon (2018)
 Suzanne Caragianis (2018)    


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

A Life Member may transfer to Honorary Member when they cease to practise.

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, by reason 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:

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

Past Presidents

1982 – 1985 Jill Chapman 
1986 – 1987 Wilma Walsh
1988 – 1991 Sandra Williamson
1992 – 1993 Beverley Trevithick 
1994 – 1996 Jenny Ball
1997 – 1998 Barbara Watson
1999 – 2000 Janet Dindler
2001 – 2002 Judith Wilton
2003 – 2004 Celeste Glasgow QLD
2005 – 2006 Anne Wajon NSW
2007 – 2008 Barbara Hall WA
2009 – 2010 Beth Taylor
2011 – 2012 Joy Hanna QLD
2013 Rosemary Prosser NSW
2013 – 2014 Tracey Clark NSW
2015 Helen Burfield WA
2016 Karen Fitt VIC
2017 Nicola Cook NSW
2018 – 2020 Lara Griffiths TAS
2021 – current Hamish Anderson VIC