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3) AHTA Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course: Sydney, NSW 5-7 September 2019

 3) AHTA Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course: Sydney, NSW 5-7 September 2019
Normal Price:$880.00
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Date: 5-7 September 2019

Registration Closing Date: 19 August 2019 (or until sold out)
Venue: Cliftons Sydney, MetCentre, 60 Margaret Street Sydney

This is a 2.5 day course. Please note the course pre-requisites listed below prior to booking.

AHTA Member: $704.00
AHTA Associate Member: $792.00
Non Member: $880.00

This course will provide participants with a framework for clinical reasoning by providing a comprehensive basis for understanding hand injuries and conditions. It should facilitate the development of a strong foundation for those therapists transitioning into hand therapy and enable the transition from being a therapist who works in hands to practitioner in hand therapy for more experienced therapists. 

The course uses a dynamic format including predominately lecture format with use of some case studies, demonstration and hands on practical activities. It teaches, anatomy, biomechanics, human structure & function, assessment and tissue injury & repair advancing our understanding of the hand and upper limb. Following this course, you will be able to identify the anatomical structures of the upper limb, and describe their specific functions, healing rates and complications. You will further develop the basis for broadening your clinical reasoning skills enabling you to problem-solve clinical scenarios and their assessment. This course is structured to run over 2.5 days.

Pre-Requisites for this course (Revised 1 December 2018)

This is a challenging course that is designed as a lead in to hand trauma / hand injuries as well as our Advanced Trauma Open and Closed Courses.   While no official prerequisites are required, this course is appropriate for those who have a minimum of 1 year of experience in hand therapy and / or have completed the AHTA  Introductory course.  Those without direct Hand Therapy experience will unlikely pass the exam, although you are encouraged to complete it for your own learning. 

This course has recently been revised in line with the AHT (Accredited Hand Therapist) credential competencies and assessment has been calibrated to ensure a higher level of attainment.  This course will build on your current knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and assessment. 

Professional Development Credit 
This is an examinable course so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at 2.5 days course, and successful completion of examination. Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 20 hours credit for attendance at 2.5 days. For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, this is a core course and successful completion of examination is a requirement for your application.

What you will learn/ Course Objectives 
At the completion of this course, therapists will: 

  • Perform accurate, reliable and valid assessment of a patient’s hand injury and assess their current level of function. 
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex anatomy of the hand and upper limb. 
  • Describe the pathology and healing process in hand injuries 
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complex biomechanics of the hand and upper limb. 
  • Analyse and interpret information gained from assessment, other investigations (eg X ray) and from knowledge of the pathophysiology of the hand injury in order to identify the precise nature of the patients presenting problem and the clinical reasoning required to solve that problem at differing intervals across the healing cycle. 
  • Plan short- and long-term goals for a patient including the treating surgeon and other members of the health care team. These goals should be realistic and consider the patients physical and psychological state and their current level of functioning. 
  • Select and implement appropriate intervention strategies while clinically reasoning what effect such interventions will have on the patient’s level of function throughout the treatment process  

Course Schedule 
Prereading will be forwarded to each participant after registration and a workbook will be issued to you on the first day of your course. Please note: The course runs from 9am to 5pm for the first two days and then 9am till 1pm on the last day. The exam will run from 11.30am to 1pm on the last day.

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. 

(Please contact Kelly at the office by email events@ahta.com.au if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer)

About the Presenters

Vicki Strelan CHT, OT, Post Grad Dip in H & UL, Grad Cert in Soft Tissue Injuries

Vicki was selected by the Australian Hand Therapy Association to join their presenter team in 2010, she currently presents courses in  Advanced Trauma and Fundamentals of Hand Therapy. Vicki’s  interests include multi-trauma, crush injuries and peripheral nerve  injuiries. Managing common injuries well is also a focus, specifically TFCC, solar plate and distal radius fractures.

At an academic level Vicki has written and taught curriculum in hand therapy for fourth year occupational therapy students and was a senior lecturer at James Cook University. Vicki has spoken at international medical and rehabilitation conferences in Australia and New Zealand. For five years, she was elected to a panel of assessors for occupational therapy to advise the Queensland Minister for Health.

Occupational Impact is Vicki’s current private practice in Townsville, Queensland, opened in 2006. Her career history includes the formation of Reach Rehabilitation Pty Ltd in 1999, a specialised hand therapy  private practice with multiple clinics based in Townsville. That same year Vicki was awarded a graduate diploma in hand and upper limb  rehabilitation through Curtin University. In 2010, Vicki achieved a  graduate certificate in soft tissue injury management through James Cook University. Apart from typical CPD activities, Vicki creates the  opportunity to observe hand surgery in vivo whenever possible.

Shannon Edwick, B Sc (OT) Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)

Shannon graduated from OT in 2006 and also holds a Diploma in Health Science (Massage Therapy). She has been working as a hand therapist since graduation and has a public and private hospital background specialising in plastics and orthopaedics. Shannon has been in her current position at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in Perth since 2009. In this time she has presented locally and nationally on research projects including a comparison of early active motion protocols for extensor tendon injuries. Shannon also coordinated the research team at HULC and co-authored a paper in 2012 on the thumb inter-phalangeal joint sesamoid bone. Shannon has been a member of the AHTA since 2007, has served as an AHTA state representative and is delighted to now be a member of the presenting team.


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Course and Booking Enquiries
To book, please click "add to cart" above. For other enquiries, please contact Kelly Toner on email events@ahta.com.au.

*Please read the AHTA Policy on Cancellation/Refunds of Workshop fees which can be found on the Workshop and Courses page of the website.