1.  Course type

This course is an AHTA elective course. An AHTA Elective course contains learning outcomes that meet at least the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards. 

2.  Overview

The focus of this course is on the design and fabrication of immobilisation orthoses. A dynamic format using lectures, case studies, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities will help participants to improve their splinting quality and efficiency and take the fear factor out of splinting. Participants in our immobilisation course will learn principles underpinning clinical reasoning for design and prescription of immobilisation orthoses for the fingers, thumb and wrist. Learn to make patterns and master a variety of splinting materials to allow you to fabricate professional-looking, comfortable splints to meet your patient’s needs. 

3.  Prerequisites 

Graduate Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists

4.  Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, therapists will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the theoretical basis of orthotic design for immobilisation of the upper limb
  • Detailed knowledge of the properties of thermoplastic materials and products 
  • An ability to apply knowledge of anatomy, histology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system or neurological dysfunction to the design and fabrication of upper limb immobilisation orthoses 
  • An understanding of orthotic fabrication as a therapeutic modality within the treatment regime for patients
  • An ability to fabricate orthoses for the immobilisation of the upper limb using a variety of thermoplastic materials
  • An ability to analyse the quality of a fabricated orthosis specific to a patient’s clinical and functional requirements. 

For further information, please view the course schedule for this course.

5.  Assessment details

Participants will receive pre-reading material containing general information about the course, structured exercises and references to assist in preparation for the workshop. Participants are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the textbook “Hand Splinting Principles of Design and Fabrication” (which can be purchased by clicking here).

The course has 3 assessment components:

  1. Practical demonstration of orthosis fabrication: completion of all orthoses and evidence of competence in orthotic fabrication during the course
  2. Examination: 1hr exam 
  3. Case study: Submission of a case study using evidenced-based practise decision making and application of clinical knowledge submitted 6 weeks after the course.

6.  Statement of CPD hours

This is a certificate workshop, so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at a two-day course, successful completion requires a pass in all 3 assessment components.

Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 16 hours credit for attendance at the two-day course. For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, this is an Elective course and successful assessment and completion of all components is a requirement for your application. 

7.  Course and booking enquiries

To book your place, please ensure you are signed in or create an account, then go to the Course / event dates and bookings website page and click click Purchase Event.  Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists. The registration costs for Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation are:

Non-Member $1200

Associate $780

Accredited Hand Therapist $720

To become a member of the Association please click here

In order to keep the cost of this course down, and ensure that everyone gets sufficient time in the practical component, we request that participants bring some equipment with them to this course if possible. Further information will be emailed to you upon enrolment. 

Please read the Education Cancellation Policy prior to booking this course. 

Please contact enquire@ahta.com.au to register your interest in this course or for any other enquiries.

8.  Teaching staff

Barb Hall

Helen Fitzgerald

Hamish Anderson

Terra Bredy

Tracey Clark

Melissa James

David Parsons

9.  Course contact details

Contact enquire@ahta.com.au or the AHTA office on 08 9778 9070.

10.  Course schedule

Brief summary of workshop content: 

1. PowerPoint Lecture: Fundamental Principles - Delivered online via Zoom 

2. PowerPoint Lecture: Anatomical & Biomechanical Principles - Delivered online via Zoom 

3. PowerPoint: Clinical Reasoning & Orthosis Self Critique / Q&A - Delivered online via Zoom 

4. Demonstration & Practical Sessions - Delivered in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney in practical 'hubs' 

  • Finger immobiliastion orthosis  
  • Wrist immobilisation orthosis  
  • Hand based thumb immobilisation orthosis
  • Wrist, hand and finger immobilisation orthosis
  • Hand-based finger immobilisation orthosis 

5. Short exam - online via Zoom 

6. Assignment - submitted via email 

11.  Previous participant feedback


12.  Intellectual property disclaimer

By registering for this course you agree that during the course, any contributions verbally or in writing which you make in regards to improving, altering or amending the content of the course, may be used by the AHTA in subsequent courses and will become the intellectual property of AHTA.