Australian Hand Therapy Association Annual Conference

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Staff Therapist Lani attended the 2013 Australian Hand Therapy Association National conference in beautiful Lorne, Victoria, on the 18-20th of October. It was a stunning location, and great to be out of the hustle-bustle of Melbourne city, and in the scenic beachside town on the Great Ocean Road. The conference theme was “Linking the chain: Biomechanics of the upper limb”. 

Many New Zealand Hand Therapy colleagues from ‘across the ditch’ also attended, which was great to see.

There was a fantastic contingent of Perth therapists who attended, allowing us time to network and catch up, and it was evident that Perth has a very strong team of hand therapists, and that we are leaders in the field.

Keynote speakers included Jill Cook, Sarah Mee from the UK, and Ben Cunningham. There were 13 outstanding free papers presented by Occupational Therapists from all over Australia, and even one from abroad in Bangladesh. 

Brilliant workshops featured, with notable presentations by Michael Fitzgerald on dynamic elbow splinting, and Dr Antony Berger on clinical wrist assessment.  It is encouraging to hear so many of our Australian colleagues pursuing their passion with research undertakings, and great practical clinical pearls presented, that will be incorporated into our daily practice.  The AHTA conference conveners and committee should be congratulated for their highly successful event this year.