The pathway to “Accredited Hand Therapist” has been developed to “formalise membership based on 100% assessable standards in hand therapy practice in Australia”, which in turn will strengthen the future of our professional scope of practice.
The benefits of accreditation include:
- Providing a way of ensuring members meet minimum standards or levels of competence
- Providing members with an opportunity to differentiate themselves from non-members in the market
- Allows the AHTA to position members as being better practitioners or providing better services than the rest
- Allows the AHTA to lobby key stakeholders such as insurers, referrers and the public
- Provides a platform from which to lobby APA and OT Australia for recognition of scope of practice
- Ensures the continued development and expansion of AHTA education courses, by incorporating these into the accreditation process as electives
- The AHT credential is a guarantee for the community that their hand therapist professional is qualified to provide safe, evidence-based diagnosis, advice and treatment.
An Accredited Hand Therapist is an AHPRA registered physiotherapist or occupational therapist who
- Is committed to the Relevant Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice
- Engages in ongoing education and remains current in their practice
- Can be subject to a complaints and disciplinary process if required as well as annual audits
- Has meet the requirements for the Award of the AHT credential based on 100% assessable standards of practice and mentorship
AHT Annual Membership Fee