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AHTA Management Committee

The AHTA has many roles on it's managment committee. Please click AHTA Management Committee Profiles for a description of these roles.

The current AHTA Management Committee is profiled below. Should you wish to contact a member of the Committee, please do so via Contact Us.


<h5>Lara Griffiths</h5>
Lara Griffiths

OT, B.App.Sc (OT)

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 recently held the position of Tasmanian Representative to the States and Territories sub-committee and Chair of the Research and Scholarships Committee in her capacity as President Elect.

Lara is excited about taking up the role of President and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the growth and recognition of hand therapy in Australia.

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<h5>Karen Fitt</h5>
Karen Fitt

Past President

Karen has demonstrated a strong commitment to the field of hand therapy since being admitted to the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) as a full member in 1993, through ongoing service to the executive committee and other contributions to the profession.
Most recently, Karen has served as President of the AHTA from February 2017 to February 2018 and has previously served as President Elect, on the AHTA Advocacy Committee, has been the Secretary/Treasurer, Marketing and Communications Officer, and Co-Convenor of the 2008 National Conference. Karen was a member of the executive team responsible for drafting the AHTAs first Strategic Plan in 2008/9.
Karen was invited to join the Inaugural Ministerial Advisory Committee (Allied Health) at the Victorian Health Department under the previous state government and proudly represented hand therapy in that forum. During the past few years, Karen has been commissioned to perform reviews and recommendations for various national and international hand therapy services by organisations such as Monash Health and Interplast. Grass roots contributions to the profession include a dedication to student training and regular presentations at conferences and meetings in addition to enthusiastic promotion of the field of hand therapy to tertiary institutions, other allied health bodies and associations.
Karen has a thorough working knowledge of the compensation systems in place in Victoria through consulting ...more

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<h5>Hamish Anderson</h5>
Hamish Anderson

President Elect

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 easily be contacted on presidentelect@ahta.com.au








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<h5>Sarah Dixon</h5>
Sarah Dixon

Executive Support Manager - Operations

Sarah holds the position of AHTA Executive Support Manager - Operations, and has been with us since 2010.  Bringing extensive experience in customer service, business development as well as project, payroll, financial, and event management. Working in both the public and private sector in the UK and here in Australia.

Sarah is responsible for managing all activities within the Association which contribute to the effective delivery of high quality member services and operational support across all portfolios. With a focus on efficiency and productivity, Sarah is an integral part of the management team working in line with the operational priorities and strategic objectives of the Association.

Sarah can be emailed at info@ahta.com.au


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<h5>Kate Noller</h5>
Kate Noller

Executive Support Manager - Strategy

Kate holds the position of Executive Support Manager - Strategy.  Kate has a diverse skillset and brings experience from both the public and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently Kate held a business development role with an incorporated association and has experience offering support services at an executive level.   Kate also has experience in payroll management, human resources, marketing, finance, events management, project management and business administration.

Kate is an integral part of the management team and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of projects across all the portfolios, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives and operational priorities.

You can reach Kate by email:  executiveadmin@ahta.com.au

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<h5>Kelly Toner</h5>
Kelly Toner

Events and Communications Officer

Kelly holds the part time position of Events and Communications Officer, and brings experience from a range of marketing, communications and event management roles in both public and not-for-profit sectors. Kelly coordinates our internal courses and events, and works closely with our Communications and Marketing teams offering administrative support. Further to this, Kelly coordinates communication to members via our publications and advertising as well as assisting to build and maintain sponsorship and advertising opportunities. 

Kelly is your point of contact for course enquiries, as well as working in collaboration with other AHTA staff, volunteers, contractors and relevant portfolios.

Kelly can be contacted at events@ahta.com.au

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<h5>David Parsons</h5>
David Parsons


Dave is our Treasurer and has been so since 2013. Dave has worked in the area of Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation since graduating from Curtin University in 2006. He has held jobs in both the public and private sector throughout his career. Dave is currently in a full-time role at Curtin University in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation. He completed his Master of Business Administration in 2014 and is currently completing his PhD through Curtain University. Dave hopes that he can bring strong business acumen to the treasurer portfolio to ensure the high quality and strong financial position of the AHTA can continue.

Dave can be contacted by email at:  treasurer@ahta.com.au

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<h5>Olga Alkin</h5>
Olga Alkin

Secretary / Chair of Governance Committee

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:  secretary@ahta.com.au

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<h5>Katie Whittle</h5>
Katie Whittle

Membership Secretary
OT, CHT, Post Grad Dip H&UL

Katie graduated from University of Queensland as an Occupational Therapist in 1987.   She completed a post graduate diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Therapy through Curtin University in 1992 and has been a full member of AHTA since then.   Katie became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2007 after practising in the UK and Australia in both public and private sectors.   She has owned and managed private practices in Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast since 1993.   Katie has recently held the position of mentor for Queensland and has been the AHTA Secretary / Chair of Governance for 2015/16. She is committed to the growth and acknowledgement of Hand Therapy as a specialty and is excited to be involved in the accreditation process.

Katie can be contacted by email at:  membership@ahta.com.au

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<h5>Julia Wild</h5>
Julia Wild

Communications Officer

Julia has been a Member of the AHTA since 1993 and a Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association since 1995. She has also been the Principal at her private practice, Southern Hand Therapy since 1995.

A Physiotherapist, graduating in 1987 from Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now University of Sydney), Julia has worked exclusively in Hand Therapy since 1991. Initially she worked in a multi-disciplinary unit in Hands and Plastic surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital, dealing with the rehabilitation of many hand replantation patients, where she formed the Hand Patient Support Group.

Julia went into private practice in 1995 establishing Southern Hand Therapy. It is through Julia's close work with Physios, GPs, Sports Physicians, Hand Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rheumatologists, Neurologists and Radiologists, that the practice has grown to involve 4 therapists. Julia has also been involved in the training of many new practitioners of hand therapy to gain the CHT qualification.

Julia is a dynamic, enthusiastic and dedicated therapist, and has served in many roles in the NSW Hand Therapy Interest Group including President, as well as Divisional Representative of NSW to the AHTA. She has presented to the Sports Medicine Programme (Uni NSW), Sutherland Shire GP's, NSW Hand Surgeon Association Conferences and Australian Hand Therapy Association Conferences, and Julia now joins the AHTA executive ...more

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<h5>Carla Bingham</h5>
Carla Bingham

Education Officer
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy


Carla has been working in the field of hand and upper limb rehabilitation since graduating from the University of Queensland in 1989. She has been a full member of the AHTA since 2007 and previously served on the Management committee as Membership Secretary from 2012-14. Initially Carla started working in public hospital hand units and spent 2 years working in the USA and Canada as a hand therapist. Carla started her own private practice in hand therapy on the Gold Coast in 2002, which now has 4 established clinics.

Carla has 2 daughters, her eldest has recently finished a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (UQ) and has joined the team at Gold Coast Hand Therapy. Carla is passionate about education, mentoring and assisting junior therapists in developing skills in the area of hand therapy.


Carla can be contacted by email at education@ahta.com.au


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<h5>Brigette Evans</h5>
Brigette Evans

Marketing Officer

More about Brigette soon...









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<h5>Elizabeth Guiffre</h5>
Elizabeth Guiffre

State and Territory Affairs Officer
BAppSc Phty, CHT

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 stateaffairs@ahta.com.au

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