Wound Management Course


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Jan Rice, Wound Nurse Consultant and Director of Wounds R Us

Jade Wong, Accredited Hand Therapist and Hand Therapy Manager (PT), Sydney Hospital

Bekk Christensen, Team Leader OT, Mater Hospital Brisbane, Lymphoedema therapist and wound care Angela Thynne, Director – Scar Care, Credentialled Private Occupational Therapist to the RBWH Adult Burns Service
Supporting presenters:
Kay Maddison, Hand Clinical Nurse Consultant, Sydney Hospital
Sarah Walsh, Senior Hand Therapy practitioner (OT), Sydney Hospital
Elaine Leahy, Senior Hand Therapy practitioner (PT), Sydney Hospital.
Course type

This course is an AHTA Elective course.

Elective courses are suitable for practitioners:

  • that are experienced and wish to upskill or revise current best-practice
  • wishing to gain greater knowledge in a specific area of hand therapy
  • wanting continued professional learning (CPD hours)
  • undertaking to complete the Accredited Hand Therapist credential.

Refer Course types.


AHTA courses meet Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 8 standards.

Course presenters are Accredited Hand Therapists or experts in their field. 


Participants must be a graduate Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.

Course content

We are excited to bring you various online, face-to-face and practical learning opportunities to help you become a competent therapist in the area of wound management. 

Wound management and an understanding of factors influencing the ability to heal are essential for effective practice as a hand therapist.  You must be able to design and adjust your treatment practices, employing the biopsychosocial model to the individual situation before you to ensure patient-centred care and best practice. 

The Wound Management Course comprises four modules and will be structured as follows.

Mode of delivery
Module 1: Wound Management Theory – Pre-learning
Jan Rice
1.1 Physiology of Healing
1.2 Skin Anatomy and Physiology
1.3 Wound Assessment
1.4 Wound Closure
1.5 Wound Dressing
1.6 Pressure Injuries
PDF (reading)
Module 2: Hand Wound Management – Workshop
Kay Maddison, Sarah Walsh and Elaine Leahy
Module 3: Oedema Management – Workshop
Bekk Christensen
Module 4: Scar Management – Workshop
Angela Thynne


Module 1

An online module composed of five 30-minute presentations regarding the science of wound healing.  We are thrilled to bring you these presentations from Jan Rice, Wound Nurse Consultant and Director of Wounds R Us from Victoria, Australia. 

Module 2

A face-to-face workshop at the Sydney Hospital.  This one-day workshop is presented by:

  • Kay Maddison (Hand Clinical Nurse Consultant) and
  • Hand Therapy team including Jade Wong (Hand Therapy Manager (PT), Sarah Walsh, Senior Hand Therapy practitioner (OT) and Elaine Leahy, Senior Hand Therapist (PT). 

The workshop will provide you with the hand therapy nuance to wound care, in-depth knowledge on dressing the wounded hand and will assess practical competence in aseptic technique and suture/clip removal during its practical assessment.

Modules 3 and 4

A face-to-face workshop to be held in Sydney following module 2. This module covers oedema management and scar management, presented by:

  • Bekk Christensen, Team Leader OT, Mater Hospital Brisbane, Lymphoedema therapist and wound care, and
  • Angela Thynne, Director – Scar Care, Credentialed Private Occupational Therapist to the RBWH Adult Burns Service.

This workshop will involve a practical assessment of competence in oedema bandaging. 

Animal products (chicken skins) are used within one of the practical components on day two. Please advise the office before the course if this is likely to cause distress or upset. You will have an opportunity to leave the room during the practical.  

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge from the course to assess and evaluate upper limb wounds, scars and oedema for clients. 
  2. Apply knowledge from the course to assess and perform appropriate suture removal and oedema management techniques. 
  3. Use clinical reasoning to interpret the assessment results and formulate a diagnosis of wound, scar and oedema conditions. 
  4. Outline and defend an evidence-informed, biopsychosocial treatment plan and specific wound, scar and oedema interventions to optimise client outcomes.

Refer to Course Assessment Policy.

Participants may choose to undertake the assessment.

Completing and passing the assessment is a requirement for those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist.

The assessment comprises three components:

  1. an exam (90 minutes)
  2. a compare and contrast of two case studies and
  3. practical skills assessments during the face-to-face days.

The exam will be held three weeks post-course via an online platform based on the course content and pre-readings. This will be a 90-minute exam composed of multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions.

Six weeks post-completion of the course, a case study will be due for submission (45% weighting).

This final assessment piece requires the submission of a short, narrated and recorded PowerPoint in a Pecha Kucha (refer below) format, due six weeks after the course. 

A Pecha Kucha presentation requires 20 seconds of commentary per slide for 20 consecutive, automatically advancing slides.  Your presentation should go for no longer than 6 mins and 40 seconds, or you can shorten your presentation to 15 slides if you can cover the content in that time. 

The notes section of your PowerPoint should include details of the case study of no more than 1000 words, which can be your script or slightly more detailed. 

In summary 

  • 15 – 20 slides automatically advancing at 20 seconds 
  • Narrate and record your case study information  
  • A Pecha Kucha template will be provided.

For help recording go to Pecha Kucha Tutorial- How to add sound to PowerPoint - YouTube  or  Record a slide show with narration and slide timings (microsoft.com) 

Ensure you use a minimum of four (4) journal articles from the recent literature to aid in your clinical reasoning and justification of treatment/management. Include these in a reference list on your slide or the notes section. 

Choose articles that are, where possible: 

  • Relevant to the treatment of the upper limb wound, scar and oedema. 
  • At least 2 published in the last five years, 2018-present. 
  • Useful in clinical reasoning.

The case studies will be provided to you in the face-to-face course.

To achieve full points awarded towards AHT, participants must achieve a 65% overall grade to pass the course. 

Participants who cannot complete the exam as scheduled and advertised will forfeit the option of a Certificate of Attainment. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.


This course is 20 CPD hours for attendance only.

Participants will receive 50 CPD hours if they complete and pass the assessment. 


Member discount

Discounts apply for Associates and Accredited Hand Therapists.

To become a member of the association, please click here

To book

To book your place:

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Go to the Course & event registration and click purchase event. 


Non-Member $1530.00 inc GST

Associate $994.50 inc GST

Accredited Hand Therapist $918.00 inc GST

To become a member of the Association please click here


We endeavour to run all courses as scheduled however, at times, our courses do not meet the required minimum numbers to go ahead. Therefore, we advise that you DO NOT book flights and/or accommodation until the registration closing date (one month before the course), at which time we will notify you if the course does not proceed. Please Contact us for advice if you wish to book flights earlier.

Please read the Course Cancellation Policy before registering for our courses. 


The AHTA has a standard for course times as follows:

Face-to-face courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm local time.

Online courses are held from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)* is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October. 

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)+ is from 2.00 am on the first Sunday in October to 2.00 am on the first Sunday in April. 

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS. 

If you are in SA, WA, or NT you must check the time difference.

+Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) is local time for VIC, NSW, ACT and TAS.

If you are in QLD, WA, SA or NT you must check the time difference.

If you are not certain, use this website to convert: 


Before you attend


Pre-learning for this course will be available in a portal, accessed using your login and can be located under My Documents four weeks before the course. We recommend you commence the pre-learning as soon as it is available.

Portal access

All information regarding this course is located in a portal on our website. To access please follow the steps below. 

  1. Go to our website ahta.com.au
  2. Click on Login, located in the top right-hand corner
  3. Enter your username and password and click Login
  4. Go to the My Documents tab
  5. Click on the"[COURSE NAME] Resources" to access the course materials.
  6. Click on the Events tab to download your tax invoice.

The workbook for this course will be available for you at the venue.

What to bring
Not required


Photography and filming

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Previous participant feedback

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Intellectual property disclaimer

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