1.  Course type

This course is an AHTA core course.

2.  Overview

The focus of this course is on the design and fabrication of mobilisation orthoses. A dynamic format using lectures, case studies, demonstrations and hands-on practical activities will help participants to improve their theoretical knowledge and proficiency in the fabrication of mobilisation orthoses. These skills will be used to master clinical reasoning and equip participants with the expertise required to successfully use mobilisation orthoses in clinical practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of thermoplastic materials fabricating numerous orthoses for mobilising the fingers, thumb, and wrist. Designs for mobilising orthoses for the forearm and elbow will be discussed but do not include a practical fabrication session.

3.  Prerequisites 

It is not a prerequisite that participants have completed the Splint/Orthotic Fabrication Immobilisation Course, but it is strongly recommended. The course is designed for therapists with some experience treating persons with upper limb dysfunction. Participants must have a sound understanding of the principles of immobilisation splinting and be able to fabricate a wrist immobilisation orthosis in 15 minutes. Competency in use of thermoplastic splinting materials is essential. This enables the practical sessions to focus on fabrication of the mobilising components. This course is not open to students and is not recommended for newly graduated therapists.

4.  Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, therapists will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of mobilising orthotic designs for the upper limb. 
  • An understanding of tissue response in the process of wound healing and disease and the effects of mobilising forces from orthotic application. 
  • Detailed knowledge of the theoretical basis of orthotic design. 
  • Develop an understanding and ability to apply research evidence when fabricating and prescribing upper limb mobilising orthoses/splints. 
  • An ability to fabricate mobilising and torque transmission orthoses for the upper limb using a variety of thermoplastic and casting materials. 

5.  Assessment details

All details regarding asessment can be located in the Participant Manual, provided four weeks prior to course start date.

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 completed online, 65% requirement to pass
Case study: Submission of a case study using evidenced-based practise decision making and application of clinical knowledge submitted 6 weeks after the course. 

If a registered participant submits a course assessment late, marks are deducted up to seven days and after that, the AHTA reserves the right to fail a participant who does not submit their assessment within seven days of the due date.

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 20 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 a core 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 and then go to the the Course / event dates and bookings website page and click Purchase Event.  Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists. The registration costs for Orthotic Fabrication Mobilisation 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 before booking a place on this course. This course may still be subject to social distancing requirements and as such numbers are limited. It may be necessary to change venue, course dates or location so please ensure you book travel insurance or hold off on flights and accommodation until closer to the course.

8.  Teaching staff

Barb Hall

Helen Fitzgerald

Terra Bredy

Melissa James

David Parsons

9.  Course contact details

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

10.  Course schedule

Please view the course schedule for this course.

Participants will receive pre-reading material containing general information about the course, structured exercises and references to assist in workshop preparation.   

1. PowerPoint Lecture: Anatomy and Theoretical Principles - Delivered online via Zoom

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

3. PowerPoint Demonstration/Discussion: Mobilising forearm splint demonstration & Case reviews / Problem Solving / Q&A  - Delivered online via Zoom 

4. Demonstrations and practical sessions - Delivered in practical 'hubs'.

  • Serial Static & Static Progressive Single Digit Mobilisation (Extension)
  • Dynamic & Static Progressive Mobilisation Orthosis with Low Profile Outrigger
  • (Hand-based flexion and extension)
  • Torque Transmission Orthoses (Radial nerve Palsy)
  • Mobilising using hinged joint orthosis (Wrist flexion/extension)
  • Mobilising for using springs (PIPjt extension)

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.