Professional Education

Please see below: Announcing IFSHT Publication: R.E.A.C.H., September 2021

R.E.A.C.H. Volume 1, No. 2 - September 2021

IFSHT is pleased to announce Volume 1, No. 2 of our new publication, R.E.A.C.H.: Research, Education, Achievement and Clinicians in Hand and Upper limb therapy around the world!

R.E.A.C.H. was born out of an IFSHT Executive Committee brainstorming session in London in February 2020. With plans underway for the new IFSHT website, the Executive Committee decided to consolidate the IFSHT Update and the Hand Therapy Connections Newsletter into a new publication called R.E.A.C.H.

Our deepest thanks once again go out to our Information Officer, Susan De Klerk (South Africa) and her highly skilled and dedicated Publication Committee: Daniel Harte (Ireland), Toni Rippey (New Zealand), Mia Erickson (USA) and Tsitsi Morove (Zimbabwe). This amazing team has developed an informative and beautiful digital newsletter for hand therapists throughout the world to enjoy.

To access the September 2021 edition of R.E.A.C.H., click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

If you are excited about R.E.A.C.H. and you have skills and interests well suited for the IFSHT Publication Committee, please inquire via email to president(at) . The committee seeks to add one more therapist to their team for the next year. The role would be to work on R.E.A.C.H. and the IFSHT contribution to the IFSSH Ezine.

Please take a look at our website and our new publication and send us some feedback. We welcome your comments and ideas.


Nicola Goldsmith (UK)

IFSHT President, 2019-2022

2022 IFSHT / IFSSH Combined Congress

The call for abstracts for the 2022 IFSHT / IFSSH combined congress is now open!

Full details can be found on the conference website:

The deadline for submissions is: 15 September 2021.

We look forward to hearing about your hand therapy research and hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

IFSHT 2022 Team


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Thank you for attending the first fully virtual Hand Therapy New Zealand conference, despite the changes along the way due to covid-19 we are grateful you stuck with us! Although we were disappointed we could not welcome you to Dunedin and show you some southern hospitality, we hope you still took a lot away from the conference. You will be emailed a certificate of attendance for your records.

We would like to sincerely thank all our invited speakers for being so flexible and adapting their talks so it could be delivered online. I’m sure everyone found the content to be informative and educational.

To our main sponsor, WS Medical, we can’t thank you enough for your ongoing support to HTNZ and really appreciate it. We would also like to acknowledge Jobskin, eHealthSmart and Misha’s Vineyard.

The virtual platform is live until 31 May 2022 to watch any of the recorded sessions on-demand at your own leisure. For any speakers who have given permission to share their presentations, these can be found as a handout.

Planning for the next conference has begun, this will be hosted in Christchurch in September 2023. Keep an eye on the website for more details and we hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our conference organiser Emma Prattley.

Ngā mihi nui

HTNZ 2022 Conference Committee


Emma Prattley | Project Manager
Conference Innovators
M: +64 27 738 8342
E: emma(at)






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Are You Interested in Hand Therapy Training?

Hand and Upper Limb Therapy Paper 2022 - 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?


Block one April

Block two late June-eary July

Block three late September

In between these on site block courses you study by distance with readings, online discussion and assignment preparation.

Download the Information Sheet

Christie Oldfield is Paper Leader, for 2022 year. christie.oldfield(at)



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)