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Hamish Anderson


Hamish graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1995. After graduating, he worked in New York, qualifying as a CHT in 2001. Returning to Australia in 2002, Hamish began his own private hand therapy practice, whilst still working in the public hospital system up until 2009. He has developed a special interest in the management of sporting injuries and is now the resident hand therapist for the Hawthorn Football Club, and the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club. He is also the hand and upper limb research co-ordinator for Mr Greg Hoy, orthopaedic surgeon. Hamish has been an active member of the AHTA since 2003 having served as the Victorian representative, and is currently the state mentor. 

Katie Anderson


Katie has been a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association since 2006 and has held the position of Education Officer, supporting the development of the Trauma and Fundamentals workshops. She currently serves on the Education Sub-Committee and co-presents AHTA workshops, motivated by an interest to improve members’ access to evidence based training to assist their clinical reasoning. Katie has worked in both private and public sectors both in Australia and overseas, and has tutored in splinting at Sunshine Coast University. She is employed as Clinical Leader in Surgical Services at Nambour General Hospital specialising in upper limb management.

Helen Fitzgerald

BSc. Occupational Therapy

Helen graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and initially worked in the public sector in Rheumatology, Burns and Plastics, and Spinal Cord Injury.

She further developed her Hand Therapy skills during locum work in the UK. On returning to Perth she worked as a Senior Therapist in the Hand & Upper Limb Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for 8 years before devoting her clinical and management time to InHand Occupational Therapy.

Helen has been an active member of the AHTA management committee in the role of the membership secretary and is currently the WA State Mentor for the Association. With a keen passion for hand therapy and splinting she has worked as a university tutor and is currently an AHTA Orthoses course presenter.

Helen is a dynamic presenter and fastidious splinter who loves being able to teach and impart a thorough understanding of theory and skills to therapists attending the AHTA courses.

Barbara Hall


Barb is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience in hand therapy in the UK, USA and Australia. She has a Masters of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, and completed the Certification in Hand Therapy in the USA (HTCC) in the 1990’s where she developed her passion for rehabilitation of the hand and upper limb.  She has had many teachers and mentors over the years:  Physio’s, OT’s, surgeons and orthotists.

Barb’s interests include: hand trauma, research and teaching.  Barb has been involved in under graduate and post graduate teaching at Curtin University.  She has published research in conjunction with therapists from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital on ‘Extensor Tendon Rehabilitation’ and ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’.

She currently lives and works as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the beautiful south west of WA.

Christina Harwood