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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Louise graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2009. She worked in public health and in OH&S before moving into full time hand therapy in 2012. She has been a full member of the AHTA since 2016, is passionate about providing high quality health care in rural and regional areas, and is now located in the snowy mountains of southern rural NSW.
After relocating to Jindabyne in 2019, Louise opened her own practice, Snowy Mountains Hand Therapy in Jindabyne and Cooma where she continues to pursue her passion for hand, wrist and arm injuries. Louise is particularly interested in trauma and complex surgical cases, and takes the opportunity to go snow skiing before work when the snow is right.
Louise can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
Education Officer - Helena Hayes
Helena completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland in 2001 and has worked in both public and private sectors. She began working in hand therapy in 2004 and spent the first 14 years of her working life in the public sector. In 2015 she moved into private practice on the north side of Brisbane where she continues to grow and learn.
Helena is an AHT and became a member of the Education Committee in early 2019. She has always loved training OT students in the area of Hand Therapy and felt that she would like to contribute to the profession by volunteering for the AHTA in an area that she enjoyed - Education. Helena feels that one of the best things about working in hand therapy is that there is always more to learn.
“I learn from surgeons, other therapists and my clients every day and I am excited to assist in the ongoing provision and development of Educational opportunities for our members and people interested in the area of Hand Therapy.”
Helena 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