Educational Opportunities

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GEMt Dry Needling's 1.5 Day Upper Limb Wellington program is ideal for Therapists who treat common upper limb dysfunctions, including but not limited to:
  • De Quervain's
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow
  • Rotator Cuff issues
  • Dry Needling is also suitable post Upper Limb Fractures and following periods of immobility
December 14 @ 12:00 pm NZDT
December 15 @ 5:00 pm NZDT
$790 – $850



Level 7, 15 Willeston St
Wellington Central, 6011 New Zealand
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Save by registering as an Early Bird which closes 30 days before the course.
To register: Click here

HTNZ Symposium & AGM,

Sky Stadium - Wellington

Saturday 14th September 2024

We  are very excited to have secured as our speaker Luke McCarron, Assistant Professor,

Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University, Gold Coast.

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Luke McCarron 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".

Luke 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.


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.

Proposed timetable

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:00

Welcome / Mihi Whakatau

HTNZ President Update 

Constitution Project Update 

09:30 - 10:30 

Session 1 Keynote speaker Luke McCarron 

Topic: TFCC Anatomy and Biomechanics 

10:30 - 11:00 

Morning Tea 

11:00 - 12:30 

Session 2 Keynote Speaker Luke McCarron 

Topic: Evidence based approach to TFCC rehabilitation 

12:30 - 13:30 


13:15 - 14:15 

Session 3 Keynote speaker Luke McCarron 

Topic: Treatment of the injured TFCC: Practical demonstration 


14:15  -

Mini break 

15: 00 - 16.45

AGM   (which will also be on the live stream)


Please note: This is a draft overview of the programme only and is subject to change.


Location: Sky Stadium Wellington. Link: how to get there


To Register- complete your details here



Registrations will close 6th Sept.


Gemma Mottern, Conference Rep

On behalf of the HTNZ Executive



AHTA National Conference - Exploring Fresh Perspectives
16 to 18 August in Tasmania

Call for Abstracts is closed
Program, registration, Abstract Submissions, Accommodation conference website

Physiotherapy Conference 2024 - Whakatere
6 to 8 September at Te Pae Convention Centre, Christchurch.

Hosted every two years Physiotherapy Conference is PNZ’s largest event for the profession, bringing together members, speakers, stakeholders, and sponsors from across Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. Physiotherapy Conference 2024 will be held from 6 to 8 September at the new Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch. This includes a multi-day programme filled with various streams and session formats, workshops, an exhibition area, and social events.

The theme for Physiotherapy Conference 2024 is Whakatere, literally translated as the act of steering or navigating (a waka). This reflects our united knowledge and sharing at conference to navigate the physiotherapy profession forward. Overlapping topics of Equity Access Outcomes, Living Well Across the Lifespan, Mental Wellness / Whole Person, and Innovation in Practice will be highlighted and collectively reflected in the theme Whakatere.

Podium & Poster Presentations Submissions Closed.

Early bird tickets close Friday 5 July.

For further information conference website

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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 

  • HTNZ Supervision Course   (via Zoom):
  • Part A:  2nd 1/2 of 2024 dates TBC
  • Part B:  2nd 1/2 of 2024 dates TBC
  • 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 next course. You 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


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)