Educational Opportunities


Kia Ora HTNZ Members

We are planning a hybrid (in-person and virtual) one-day Symposium & HTNZ AGM on Saturday 14 September in Wellington. 

If anybody knows of any clashes with the date please let us know as soon as possible by emailing admin(at)

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We are very excited to have secured as our speaker Luke McCarron, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University, Gold Coast. 

Luke has published multiple peer reviewed journal articles as lead-author and co-author. He was also featured in IFSSH-Ezine November 2021 and February 2022 editions "Understanding the TFCC".

For planning purposes: The day will start with arrival tea/coffee at 8.30am, 9.00am Symposium starts, the AGM will run from 2.30pm until 4.30pm, and the day will finish with networking drinks from 4.30-5.30pm.

It will be fabulous to see as many of you as possible in person in Wellington, and we recommend booking flights early to take advantage of cheaper priced fares and flexi options.

Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend, and all the best to those who are participating in the HTNZ Constitution workshop tomorrow.


Gemma Mottern, Conference Rep
On behalf of the HTNZ Executive



Luke McCarron Bio

Luke McCarron is an Occupational Therapist with experience in hand therapy and academia. He has completed the Master of Science in Hand Therapy degree at the University of Derby, and is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University studying rehabilitation following Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) foveal repair surgery. Luke is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA)) and Certified Hand Therapist, and has been the lead or co-author for numerous publications in the last five years. His current roles include Assistant Professor at Bond University, AHTA National Education Manager, and Research Assistant for the Australian Research Collaboration for Hands. Luke’s areas of interest for research include TFCC rehabilitation, research capacity and culture building, upper limb function, and hand and wrist surgery.    




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2024 Virtual Conference Series
Calling all hand therapists! Our virtual conference registration is open to all (members and non-members). Sessions are recorded for viewing up to 3 months after the event. Registration needs to be completed before the live event.

Please note that registration is separate for session 1 and 2. If you wish to attend both sessions, please complete registration for each session separately. Follow the link below for more information.


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    Abstract Submission Deadline      15 March 2024



The deadline to submit Abstracts for the IFSSH-IFSHT 2025 Triennial Congress, scheduled for March 24-28, 2025, in Washington, DC, USA of 15 March 2024 is fast approaching. Submit an abstract to share your expertise with an acclaimed group of international hand surgeons and hand therapists!


Read the important policies and guidelines and submit your Paper, ePoster and Instructional Course Lecture (therapist, only) proposals.


Questions may be directed to 




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HTNZ Supervision Course One

  • HTNZ Supervision Course One (via Zoom):
  • Part A:  Saturday 27 April 2024, noon to 4.30pm,
  • Part B:  Saturday 11 May 2024, noon to 4.30pm.
  • Registrants must attend the two days (Part A and Part B) of the Course.
  • The cost to attend will be notified soon.
  • Please note that this is being heavily subsidised by HTNZ. Each course is limited to a maximum of 24 people.
  • Please email admin(at) if you would like to secure a space on the first course. Your will be sent an invoice, and your place confirmed on receipt of payment.

The Hand Therapy New Zealand Conference


  • The Hand Therapy New Zealand Conference is biennial, the next conference will be held in Auckland in 2025. Information will be posted as it becomes available.


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NZ Society for Surgery of the Hand Meeting 2024


This year's NZ Society for Surgery of the Hand Meeting is being held at Shangri-La Yanuca Island in Fiji from 14th – 16th August 2024. 

The guest speakers are Professor Ho from the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong and Professor Tonkin from Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, both of whom share extensive experience and knowledge across a wide range of areas.


Accommodation is also being held at Shangri-La Yanuca Island.  Room types and rates can be viewed on the conference website, please follow the instructions on how to book your accommodation.  You are encouraged to book rooms asap as this is a busy time of the year and rooms will be subject to availability.


Call for Abstracts is open, the deadline for submitting these is by Friday 29th March 2024.


For further information visit the conference website


Are You Interested in Hand Therapy Training?

Please see the links below for more information on training and educational opportunities available through AUT

Hand and Upper Limb Therapy Course Descriptor
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Rehabilitation - Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
Rehabilitation - Master of Health Practice
Rehabilitation - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science


Announcing IFSHT Publication: REACH Vol3No1, April 2023

REACH Vol3No1 - April 2023

IFSHT is pleased to announce Vol3No1 of our digital publication, _REACH:
Research, Education, Achievement and Clinicians in Hand and Upper limb
therapy around the world_!

To access the April 2023 edition of REACH., click here [1] [2]or copy
and paste this link into your browser: [1]

To learn more about IFSHT and hand therapy throughout the world, please
check out our website [3].

For information about the 2025 IFSSH and IFSHT & Triennial Congress in
Washington, D.C., 24-28 March 2025, click here [4].

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C. at the 2025 Congress and we hope
all is well with you and yours!


The Executive Committee of IFSHT

International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy | Neubruchstrasse
50, Winterthur, CH-8406 Switzerland

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)