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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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The Hand Therapy New Zealand 2019 “Get A Grip” Conference will be held on:

Date: 13 – 15 September 2019

Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

Further information on speakers will be available soon, Book this event in your 2019 calendar now.

Please note the coordination of this conference is being led by Conference Innovators, when you register your interest, your data will be stored with them. Please ensure you read the terms and conditions.

Register your interest here


Angela Trotter | Administrator

Phone DDI 04 894 1685 – Monday to Friday 8.00am to 2.30pm

PO Box 27 386, Marion Square, Wellington 6141

Hand Therapy Association of California Presents:

Mistakes - Don't make one - Learn from others

Learn from industry stalwarts, how to prevent mistakes and correct one if not done right, to provide the best functional outcome.

To become a member and get discounts, Click Here

To register for the 2019 Annual Conference Click here (2019 membership required for discounts)

Learn from the leaders in the profession, Surgeons and Therapists alike.

Don't miss it, as such a collection of speakers will not be seen elsewhere.

New segment - Poster Presentation. If you have an idea and want the world to know, then submit and abstract for poster presentation here and win $$

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See who is speaking at this conference - Surgeons

Dr. Gregory Buncke on tendon management gone wrong, Dr. Jeffrey Yao (Stanford) on correcting surgical mistakes, Dr. Lisa Lattanza (UCSF) on making the unforgiving elbow compliant, Dr. Catherine Curtin (Stanford) on when wires cross, how to unbundle nerves and Dr. Roy Meals (UCLA) on when to trust the therapists to do the job and not be ready with the knife.

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See who is speaking at this conference - Therapists

Aviva Wolff (HSS) on how to be politically correct with the surgeons and flexor tendon management gone wrong and how to get it back on track.

Susan Clark (Stanford) will be talking on when to call it quits and tips and tricks on stiff hand management with Saba Kamal.

Silvio Tocco (Italy) on the hand gone rogue and tips and tricks from around the world,

Susan Stralka (PPM) on pain management and manual therapy for the elbow,

Lisa Green on the right moves for the shoulder.

Debbie Schwartz (Orfit) on custom splinting for elbow management,

Alison Taylor (Baylor) on Problem solve with taping and out of the box thinking,

Aaron Sciascia on how to review manuscripts and review articles and

Saba Kamal (HOC) will talk on wound management along with case studies for panel and brainstorming session.

2018 HTA-Ca Board

President: Saba Kamal, OTR, CHT
Vice President: Lori Stotko, OTR, CHT
Secretary: Michelle Fabito, PT, CHT
Treasurer: Diane Coker, DPT, CHT

Ask our committee chairs a question:
Education Karen Hanehan, OTR, CHT
Membership: Jeanne Harper, OTR, CHT
Website: Minnie Mao, OTR
Abstract for Poster Presentation: Stella Wang, OTR, CHT

01/4/19 NOTE: The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury Seminar in Auckland is now full.

The Wrist – Tips and Tricks with Ben Cunningham in Auckland is now full.

*** 01/04/19 - Places are still available for both in Christchurch.

ATTHERAPY - Workshop Series

We are happy to announce our Splinting workshops for 2019.

Our basic and advanced workshops will run as usual alongside the HAUL

programme. These workshops are open to everyone and you do not need to

be enrolled in the programme to take part.

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)

Save the Date

11th IFSHT Triennial Congress June 17-21, 2019 Berlin, Germany

IFSHT welcomes a new corresponding member country:


There are now 50 countries represented within IFSHT!