This course is an AHTA Elective course.
Elective courses are suitable for practitioners:
- that are experienced and wish to upskill or revise current best-practice
- wishing to gain greater knowledge in a specific area of hand therapy
- wanting continued professional learning (CPD hours)
- undertaking to complete the Accredited Hand Therapist credential.
Refer Course types.
AHTA courses meet Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards.
Course presenters are Accredited Hand Therapists and they have undertaken a four-stage presenter training program.
Participants must be a graduate Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.
This course focuses 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 designing and prescribing immobilisation orthoses for the fingers, thumb and wrist. Learn to make patterns and master various splinting materials to fabricate professional-looking, comfortable splints to meet your patient’s needs.
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.
Refer to the Immobilisation Participant Manual found under My Documents in your AHTA portal.
Participants may choose to undertake the assessment.
Completing and passing the assessment is a requirement for those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist.
The course has 3 assessment components:
- Practical demonstration of orthosis fabrication: completion of all orthoses and evidence of competence in orthotic fabrication during the course
- Examination: 1 hr exam, 65% required to pass
- Case study: Submission of a case study using evidenced-based practise decision making and application of clinical knowledge submitted 4 weeks after the course.
Further details regarding assessment can be located in the Participant Manual, located in your account portal approximately five weeks prior to course.
Participants who cannot complete the exam as scheduled and advertised will forfeit the option of a Certificate of Attainment. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.
This course is 20 CPD hours for attendance only.
Participants will receive 50 CPD hours if they complete and pass the assessment.
Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists.
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Non-Member $1430.00 inc GST
Associate $929.50 inc GST
Accredited Hand Therapist $858.00 inc GST
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We endeavour to run all courses as scheduled however, at times, our courses do not meet the required minimum numbers to go ahead. Therefore, we advise that you DO NOT book flights and/or accommodation until the registration closing date (one month before the course), at which time we will notify you if the course does not proceed. Please Contact us for advice if you wish to book flights earlier.
Please read the Course Cancellation Policy before registering for our courses.
The AHTA has a standard for course times as follows:
Face-to-face courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm local time.
Online courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)* is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October.
Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)+ is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April.
*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS.
If you are in SA, WA, or NT you must check the time difference.
+Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT and TAS.
If you are in QLD, WA, SA or NT you must check the time difference.
If you are not certain, use this website to convert:
Before you attend
Pre-learning for this course will be available in a portal, accessed using your login and can be located under My Documents four weeks before the course. We recommend you commence the pre-learning as soon as it is available.
The pre-learning for this course includes the mandatory theory videos and quizzes:
Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation Course Resources – Pre-learning Modules: Step 1 Videos
Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation Course Resources – Pre-learning Modules: Step 2 Quizzes
Please view the video* before completing the assessment:
- Pre-learning Module: Session 1 (60 mins to view, 30-min quiz)
- Pre-learning Module: Session 2 (80 mins to view, 30-min quiz)
Quiz information: please refer to the schedule on the relevant course registration page for the due date (no extensions will be granted, and access to videos and the assessments will no longer be active after the closing date).
You have 30 minutes to complete the quiz comprising multiple-choice and true/false questions.
You have only ONE ATTEMPT, please do not navigate away from the browser once you have started, as your attempt will be closed.
You can review and amend your answers before completion if you wish by using the navigation buttons within the program.
Please ensure you access these resources prior to the quiz deadline. We recommend you do this at your earliest convenience.
* VIDEO DISCLAIMER: The primary purpose of these videos is to educate and inform. This video does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services and is available only for private, non-commercial use. Advertising which is incorporated into, placed in association with or targeted toward the content of this video without the express approval and knowledge of the AHTA is strictly forbidden. You may not edit, modify or redistribute this video. The developers of this video and the AHTA assume no liability for any activities in connection with this video or for the use of this video in connection with any other website, computer or playing device. Please contact the AHTA if you have any questions or concerns.
All information regarding this course is located in a portal on our website. To access please follow the steps below.
- Go to our website ahta.com.au
- Click on Login, located in the top right-hand corner
- Enter your username and password and click Login
- Go to the My Documents tab
- Click on the"[COURSE NAME] Resources" to access the course materials.
- Click on the Events tab to download your tax invoice.
The workbook for this course will be available for you at the venue.
What to bring
- Pen for adding notes to your course workbook which will be provided at the course
- Sharp Scissors for cutting heated thermoplastic
- Shears to cut cold thermoplastic materials
- Smooth Roll Bandage (width 7.5cm)
- Small Towel
- Chinagraph pencil/splint markers
- Electric Frying Pan**
- Heat Gun**
**Whilst every attempt is made by the AHTA to run the course at venues able to supply these items, some venues may not be able to cater these items for the full group. If this is the case for your course the AHTA office will inform participants via email.
Photography and filming
Images taken at our workshops may be used for promotion and evaluation, including press releases, publicity materials, newsletters, eNews, social media, presentations and our website. Images will not be accompanied by names or other details that could identify individuals. If you DO NOT consent to be filmed or photographed during an AHTA course, you must Contact us and advise the presenter on the first day of the course.
Previous participant feedback
Helen did a great job of presenting the material and explaining concepts clearly. I really enjoyed the items she brought for demonstration e.g elbow skeleton, elbow braces etc.
The course was very informative and I felt Helen moved through all the theory at a good pace. The manual was very comprehensive so easy to go back and check information if needed.
Great presenter, very knowledgeable and calm speaker.
Intellectual property disclaimer
By registering for this course you agree that during the course, any contributions verbally or in writing which you make in regard 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