President - Lara Griffiths
Lara has over 20 years experience in the practice of hand therapy. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 and commenced her hand therapy career right away.
Lara gained her early experience in one of Sydney’s large teaching hospitals before moving to the USA in 1999. She attained the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2003. Lara has worked in a variety of private clinics in Sydney gaining valuable knowledge and experience from very experienced therapists and surgeons along the way, before relocating to Tasmania in 2013.
Lara has previously held the position of NSW Divisional Representative to the management committee and currently holds the position of Tasmanian Representative to the States and Territories sub-committee.
Lara is excited about taking up the role of President Elect and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the growth and recognition of hand therapy in Australia.
Lara can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Immediate Past President - Vacant (Lara Griffiths - overseeing)
President Elect - Hamish Anderson
Hamish graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1995. After graduating, he worked in the United States for 5 years, qualifying as a CHT in 2001.
Hamish is now the senior hand therapy clinician at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, combining this role with his private practice and his work at the Hawthorn Football Club. He has a specific interest in treating athletes with hand injuries, and in dysfunctional wrist biomechanics having published articles and presenting frequently in both areas. He also co-authored the chapters on the hand and the wrist in the current edition of Brukner and Khans’s “Clinical Sports Medicine”.
Hamish has been an active member of the AHTA since his return to Australia. He has served as the divisional representative for Victoria, and was co-convenor of the 2018 AHTA National Conference. He is looking forward to his new role in helping to promote and further the agenda and strategic plan of the AHTA with specific regard to the research and scholarship portfolio.
Hamish can be emailed at: email@example.com
Chief Executive Officer - Wendy Rowland
Wendy commenced with the Australian Hand Therapy Association as its new CEO in February 2020.
Wendy joins AHTA following five years as the Executive Officer of the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN), the peak professional association for 5500 perioperative nurses that is dedicated to advance safe, quality perioperative (pre-during and post-surgery) nursing care for Australians.
Previously, Wendy worked in senior roles in several national and state-based associations in the health sector and has a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education, Nutrition and Health) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management.
Wendy’s track record of leadership, performance, financial management, marketing and effective governance strongly resonated with the Management Committees vision for AHTA.
Wendy is looking forward to leading a dedicated team of staff, committee and volunteers to inspire growth and collaboration to advance the association and deliver the Strategic Plan.
Executive Support Manager (Operations) - Sarah Dixon
Sarah holds the position of AHTA Executive Support Manager - Operations, and has been with us since 2010. Bringing extensive experience in customer service, business development as well as project, payroll, financial, and event management. Working in both the public and private sector in the UK and here in Australia.
Sarah is responsible for managing all activities within the Association which contribute to the effective delivery of high quality member services and operational support across all portfolios. With a focus on efficiency and productivity, Sarah is an integral part of the management team working in line with the operational priorities and strategic objectives of the Association.
Sarah can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Support Manager (Strategy) - Kate Noller
Kate holds the position of Executive Support Manager - Strategy. Kate has a diverse skillset and brings experience from both the public and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently Kate held a business development role with an incorporated association and has experience offering support services at an executive level. Kate also has experience in payroll management, human resources, marketing, finance, events management, project management and business administration.
Kate is an integral part of the management team and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of projects across all the portfolios, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives and operational priorities.
Events and Communications Officer - Kelly Toner
Kelly holds the part time position of Events and Communications Officer, and brings experience from a range of marketing, communications and event management roles in both public and not-for-profit sectors. Kelly coordinates our internal courses and events, and works closely with our Communications and Marketing teams offering administrative support. Further to this, Kelly coordinates communication to members via our publications and advertising as well as assisting to build and maintain sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
Kelly is your point of contact for course enquiries, as well as working in collaboration with other AHTA staff, volunteers, contractors and relevant portfolios.
Kelly can be contacted by email: email@example.com
Treasurer - Rosie Koh
Rosie graduated from The University of Queensland and has worked in hand therapy for nine years. With experience from a combination of tertiary hospital and private practice in Brisbane, Singapore and Christchurch, she now calls Melbourne home.
Rosie speaks a number of Asian languages and enjoys bridging the language barrier. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2017 and an Accredited Hand Therapist in the same year. She is completing her Master of Business Administration at The University of Melbourne and loves planning her next holiday in her spare time.
Rosie currently works in paediatric hand therapy at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Rosie can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Olga Alkin
Olga has been a practitioner of hand therapy for over 13 years. She completed BHSc (Physiotherapy) degree at Auckland University and continued onto a Hand and Upper Limb training programme followed by a postgraduate degree in western Acupuncture.
Currently she owns her own private hand therapy practices in Noosa and Gympie. Her interests are in rehabilitation of overuse injuries including tenosynovitis, tendinopathies and arthritic conditions. Olga is passionate about hand therapy and was involved in NZAHT (New Zealand Association of Hand Therapy) as a secretary for four years prior to immigrating to Australia. She hopes to bring her experience and knowledge to the AHTA Management Committee and will strive to improve recognition of hand therapy as a specialty.
Olga can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
Membership Secretary / Credentialing Portfolio Officer - Dave Parsons
Dave graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2006. During his career he has worked in both private and public sectors, before moving into a role at Curtin University teaching hand and upper limb rehabilitation, including orthoses fabrication, Dave is also completing his PhD and conducting research. He has a keen interest in acute trauma and managing sporting injuries and is a presenter of the AHTA Orthoses Courses.
Previously Dave sat on the AHTA Management Committee as Treasurer for 6 years and was also a member of the AHT Steering Committee. Dave has a vast knowledge of the AHTA and the AHT Credential and returns to the AHTA Management Committee once again to use his knowledge and skills to help further the Mission and Strategic Goals of the AHTA, as well as ensuring that the AHT Credential moves from strength to strength.
Communications Officer - Louise Brown
Education Officer - Carla Bingham
Carla has been working in the field of hand and upper limb rehabilitation since graduating from the University of Queensland in 1989. She has been a full member of the AHTA since 2007 and previously served on the Management committee as Membership Secretary from 2012-14. Initially Carla started working in public hospital hand units and spent 2 years working in the USA and Canada as a hand therapist. Carla started her own private practice in hand therapy on the Gold Coast in 2002, which now has 4 established clinics.
Carla has 2 daughters, her eldest has recently finished a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (UQ) and has joined the team at Gold Coast Hand Therapy. Carla is passionate about education, mentoring and assisting junior therapists in developing skills in the area of hand therapy.
Carla can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing Officer - Brigette Evans
Brigette has been working in the area of hand therapy since graduating as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Sydney in 2009. She started her career in a busy private practice in Brisbane gaining invaluable experience from some of the incredible therapists and surgeons. She then relocated to rural NSW and worked in both the private and public sectors. With a passion for private practice, Brigette established a small private practice in her rural NSW.
Brigette is excited to be the Marketing Officer with the AHTA an this is a perfect opportunity to continue to educated the wider community on the area of hand therapy and all it has to offer.
Brigette can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
State and Territories Officer - Liz Guiffre
Liz graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2006 and worked for several years in Western Sydney where she started working in the area of hand therapy. Liz relocated to Canberra in 2013 and completed her CHT in 2014 cementing her passion and specialisation in hand therapy. Liz has been a member of the AHTA since 2008 and became a Full member in 2014. When Liz relocated to Canberra she advocated for the ACT to have their own state and territory representative and after performing in this role for the past two years she is looking forward to moving into the State and Territories Affair’s Officer role and contributing back to this organisation and the hand therapy profession.
Liz currently works across both the public and private sectors at Canberra Hospital and in her own private practice Canberra Hand Therapy. Over the past 2 years Liz has been the ACT divisional representative of the AHTA.
Liz can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org