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