What is the Australian Hand Therapy Association?
The Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) is a not-for-profit, member-based, national peak body for Hand Therapy in Australia.
Our VISION is for wide recognition of Hand Therapy as an area of advanced practice.
Our MISSION is to advance hand therapy knowledge and practice to improve outcomes for patients and the community.
The AHTA has developed and awards practitioners with the Accredited Hand Therapist credential. This credential provides a pathway towards the establishment and maintenance of high standards of hand therapy practice in Australia.
An Accredited Hand Therapist is a person who:
is an AHPRA* registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist
has demonstrated an advanced level of competence in hand therapy
has undertaken over 300 hours of advanced upper-limb education and assessment; a one-year mentorship; and has a minimum of 3600 hours in hand therapy clinical practice
has been assessed as qualified and competent to provide safe, evidence-based diagnosis, advice and treatment
is awarded the credential of Accredited Hand Therapist by the Australian Hand Therapy Association Credentialing Council.
Accredited Hand Therapists can be located throughout Australia and can be found in private practice (sometimes co-located with hand surgeons), in public hospitals and community settings. There are over 400 Accredited Hand Therapists in Australia.
*Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
How do I find an Accredited Hand Therapist?
To find an AHT, refer to Find an Accredited Hand Therapist page on this website.
If you cannot locate an Accredited Hand Therapist near you, please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with an Associate Member.
An Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association may be working towards gaining the credential of Accredited Hand Therapist, or may be an experienced therapist who for personal reasons has decided to remain as an Associate. All members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association are committed to best-practice and continual development and learning.