Registered Membership Information

INFORMATION FOR Registered MEMBERS WHO JOINED HTNZ PRIOR TO 01/01/2023

  • All NOM that passed at the 2022 AGM and associated rule changes will only apply to new HTNZ members accepted from 1/1/23. Members who joined before this will stay under the process that applied at the time.

  • Rules pre 1/1/23 - these rules are your best resource for understanding the legal requirements of HTNZ membership and operational structure of HTNZ

  • Schedule of Points and log book template
    If membership is confirmed between January & September then the 2 years to accrue log book points are that calendar year and the following calendar year. If registered membership is conferred between October and December then the 2 years to accrue points will be the following 2 calendar years.

    Use of points accrued via the HTNZ Inc. Hand Therapy Training Program: points obtained from each module and the exam of the training program can be used either:
    Towards maintenance points for Associate membership in that current 2 year period.
    OR
    Providing the Associate has enough other points to cover their Associate membership log book requirements, can be accumulated and reassigned towards maintenance points for the first two year period of Registered membership.

    Points from training programmes must be used in their entirety for one of these 2 options (i.e. they cannot be split to be used for both options).

    If an HTNZ member is not able to accrue the log book points required for membership maintenance, they should submit a letter to the Administrator by November of their second year outlining reasons why and when they anticipate being able to complete the points. The Executive Committee will assess eligibility for extensions on a case by case basis.

    A lapse of Registered membership can be re-established by the accumulation of 45 points within a one year period and a penalty payment.

  • Application for Registered Membership Pathway 1: Case Study please include cover sheet and $500 fee payment with application email
    Case Study-Cover Sheet
    Case Study-Presentation Criteria

  • Application for Registered Membership Pathway 2: Certified Hand Therapist or Equivalent

  • Application for Registered Membership Pathway 3: Additional Post-Graduate Paper
    Pathway 3 Guidelines

  • Supporting documents needed for your application are listed on the application form and can include:

  • - Proof of AUT HAUL paper completion, within last 5 years
    - Evidence of completion of an HTNZ approved additional post graduate level paper relevant to Hand Therapy Practice, within last 5 years
    Verification of completed supervised clinical hours
    Case log onsite
    - Case log offsite
    Verification of formal supervision
    - Letter of recommendation from a HTNZ Registered Hand Therapist or Orthopaedic or Plastic Hand Surgeon
    - Evidence of two peer reviews by a HTNZ Registered Hand Therapist external to your own, or your supervisors organisation
    - Clinical Case Presentation Marking Schedule (will be sent to you by the Case Study marker)
    - Completion of HTNZ approved static and dynamic splinting course
    Reflective statement form
    - ​​​​​​​Consent form – use of clinical case information and images

  • Once completed, please email your form and supporting documents to HTNZ Admin

  • For Registered membership applications, please note that all applications are reviewed for approval at the next upcoming Executive Committee meeting, this meeting date is 7/2/23 and the due date for applications to be reviewed at this meeting is 12pm, 3/2/23


INFORMATION FOR Registered MEMBERS JOINing HTNZ after 01/01/2023

  • HTNZ Rules post 1/1/23these rules are your best resource for understanding the legal requirements of HTNZ membership and operational structure of HTNZ

  • Entry Requirements: As an Associate member PLUS

    Criteria 1:

                         I.            Evidence of 3600 work hours in the treatment of a variety of hand and upper limb conditions accumulated over a 3-year minimum period and within the last 5-year period. Conditions involving the elbow, forearm and hand should comprise at least 70% of the case log, the remainder of the 30% of the log must involve the upper quadrant.

                       II.            5 years of clinical experience after Occupational therapy or Physiotherapy graduation. 

                     III.            Completed a HTNZ Inc. approved Hand Therapy Tertiary Training Programme within the last five years.

                    IV.            Complete an additional post graduate Tertiary paper within the last five years. This additional paper must be relevant to hand therapy practice. Relevant papers are listed on the HTNZ website.

                      V.            Completion of a HTNZ approved static and dynamic splinting course.

                    VI.            A letter of recommendation from a New Zealand Registered Hand Therapist or Hand Surgeon.

                   VII.            Documentation/evidence of regular formal hand therapy supervision. Supervision log must be supplied with application.

                 VIII.            Evidence of two peer reviews by an independent New Zealand Registered Supervising Hand Therapist who does not work in the same work organisation as you or your supervisor.

     

    OR

     

    Criteria 2:

             I.            Current membership of an overseas Hand Therapy Association with equivalent entry criteria or CHT. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

           II.            Provision of supporting evidence and CV.

         III.            A letter of recommendation from a New Zealand Registered Hand Therapist or Hand Surgeon.

        IV.            Documentation/evidence of regular formal hand therapy supervision.  Supervision log must be supplied with application

          V.            Evidence of two peer reviews by an independent New Zealand Supervising Registered Hand Therapist who does not work in the same work organisation as you or your supervisor.

        VI.            Applicants will initially join as an Associate member for a minimum of six months before applying for Registration. This will enable a letter of recommendation to be written by a New Zealand Registered Hand Therapist following a period of supervision.

 

  • Schedule of Points and log book template
    If membership is confirmed between January & September then the 2 years to accrue log book points are that calendar year and the following calendar year. If registered membership is conferred between October and December then the 2 years to accrue points will be the following 2 calendar years.

    Use of points accrued via the HTNZ Inc. Hand Therapy Training Program: points obtained from each module and the exam of the training program can be used either:
    Towards maintenance points for Associate membership in that current 2 year period.
    OR
    Providing the Associate has enough other points to cover their Associate membership log book requirements, can be accumulated and reassigned towards maintenance points for the first two year period of Registered membership.

    Points from training programmes must be used in their entirety for one of these 2 options (i.e. they cannot be split to be used for both options).

    If an HTNZ member is not able to accrue the log book points required for membership maintenance, they should submit a letter to the Administrator by November of their second year outlining reasons why and when they anticipate being able to complete the points. The Executive Committee will assess eligibility for extensions on a case by case basis.

  • Flow chart explaining HTNZ Return to Practice Pathway 

  • Registered membership Pathway 1, are you ready to apply for Registered HTNZ membership?

  • For Registered membership applications, please note that all applications are reviewed for approval at the next upcoming Executive Committee meeting, this meeting date is 7/2/23 and the due date for applications to be reviewed at this meeting is 12pm, 3/2/23