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Hand and Upper Limb Therapy Paper 2019 - AUT

What is the basic idea behind the paper?

The hand is an amazingly complex and intricate instrument. As a primary means by which people manipulate things in the environment the hand and upper limb are prone to damage and injury. Function follows form. As such any underlying pathology of the hand or injury can have a major impact on a person’s ability to interact within their environment or to engage in their occupations of choice. This paper offers NZ registered physiotherapy and occupational therapy practitioners the opportunity to explore a wide range of hand and upper limb problems and to learn from expert clinicians and each other how to assess and manage some of the common hand injuries and impairments.

When will the paper run?

In 2019 this begins on the 4th March. There are three on-campus weekends when you will need to come to Auckland. Dates for 2019 are:

Block One: 11th to 14th April

Block two: 3rd to 7th July

Block three: 26th to 29th September

In between these on site block courses you study by distance with readings, online discussion and assignment preparation.

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Hand Therapy wound care and scar management workshop

Date: Saturday November 9th 2019

Time: 8:30 – 4:00pm

Venue: Novotel, 72-112 Greenlane East Road, Ellerslie, Auckland (Map)

Cost: Early bird (prior to Sept 20th 2019): $200 (incl GST)

After 21st September 2019: $250 (incl GST)


-Wound aetiology

-Practical application of sterile dressings for hand injuries

-Kinesiotape and other techniques for scar management

-Shockwave therapy and laser treatment


-Discussion on current hand therapy practice and preparation for accreditation

Suitable for:

-Hand Therapists of all experience who deal with wounds and scarring

We have an exciting range of speakers including

-Glenda Dagger, District Nurse CNE

-Pam White, Lohmann & Rauscher Ltd

-Linley Leuthard, Hands On Body Therapy

-Paula Massey, 3M


-As this workshop has practical components, participant numbers are limited.

-Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included. Please advise if you have any dietary requirements.

-Please return the following registration form to THTG to secure your place. Please note – early bird pricing is available until September 20th 2019.


The Conference Committee, on behalf of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, invite you to join us at the 2019 AHTA National Conference, To Extremity and Beyond!

The conference will include an exciting line-up of expert clinicians and researchers. Cutting edge presentations and diverse sessions will ensure that therapists take home current practical ideas for clinical intervention, research and practice management.

We are thrilled to announce Dr Elisabet Hagert as our International Key Note Speaker. Dr Hagert's research brought to light how well innervated wrist ligaments are and how we can use those neuromuscular reflexes in therapy. We look forward to continuing to learn from her.

The committee also aim to encompass more then just the upper extremity in the 2019 program, by looking at the bigger picture. Taking a biophysical approach, some sessions will consider the whole person, including mental health, work, lifestyle but also include the therapist in that equation.

Join us in Brisbane from the 18th - 20th October 2019, to learn, be inspired, network with colleagues and enjoy everything Brisbane has to offer.

Registrations are now open to AHTA Members and will open to AHTA Associates and all other delegates on 4th May.

For more details, program and registration, see the conference website:


Upper Limb Orthoses (Splinting) Course – Auckland 2019

Start: December 6, 2019 , 8:30 am
End: December 7, 2019 , 1:00 pm

Novotel & Ibis Auckland Ellerslie, 72-112 Greenlane East, Ellerslie

This 1.5 day training course will focus on the theory and practical application of customised, rigid, wrist/thumb/finger orthoses (splints) for the management of the upper limb in children with neurological impairment. The course will assist clinicians in understanding who, how, why and when to apply an orthosis as an intervention. Participants will also learn how to objectively evaluate treatment outcomes. Detailed course notes, materials used to construct orthoses and reference material will be provided.

Register for Course Here...

International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand - Ezine

The IFSSH Past-President, Ulrich Mennen, is proud to bring you the IFSSH Ezine, a digital publication available to the global Hand Surgery and Hand Therapy communities free of charge. It has been established with the purpose of uniting the global hand surgery community and is intended to be a publication for IFSSH members, by IFSSH members.

To contribute to the IFSSH Ezine, please email the Editor: ezine(at)