What is hand therapy?

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.
— Hand Therapy Certification Commission

 

Accredited Hand Therapist

An Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) is an AHPRA registered physiotherapist or occupational therapist who:
- Is committed to the Relevant Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice
- Engages in ongoing education and remains current in their practice
- Can be subject to a complaints and disciplinary process if required as well as annual audits
- Has meet the requirements for the Award of the AHT credential based on 100% assessable standards of practice and mentorship
— The Australian Hand Therapy Association

 

Certified Hand Therapist

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.
— Hand Therapy Certification Commission

Julie, Clinic Owner and Director is one of only 162 Certified Hand Therapists in Australia and New Zealand. There are 6451 CHTs Worldwide. All therapists at AHHT are working hard to achieve these qualifications.