The Conference Committee, on behalf of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, invite you to join us at the 2019 AHTA National Conference, To Extremity and Beyond!

The conference will include an exciting line-up of expert clinicians and researchers. Cutting edge presentations and diverse sessions will ensure that therapists take home current practical ideas for clinical intervention, research and practice management.

We are thrilled to announce Dr Elisabet Hagert as our International Key Note Speaker. Dr Hagert's research brought to light how well innervated wrist ligaments are and how we can use those neuromuscular reflexes in therapy. We look forward to continuing to learn from her.

The committee also aim to encompass more then just the upper extremity in the 2019 program, by looking at the bigger picture. Taking a biophysical approach, some sessions will consider the whole person, including mental health, work, lifestyle but also include the therapist in that equation.

Join us in Brisbane from the 18th - 20th October 2019, to learn, be inspired, network with colleagues and enjoy everything Brisbane has to offer. 

 Registrations are now open to AHTA Members and will open to AHTA Associates and all other delegates on 4th May.


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International Keynote Speaker

Dr Elisabet Hagert

Elisabet Hagert is Associate Professor of Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She is CEO and Chair of the ARCADEMY, Sophiahemmet Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, where she works clinically with hand- and upper extremity surgery. Her research focus is on the basic science of proprioception as well as clinical aspects of wrist and peripheral nerve disorders. Elisabet has pioneered the use of wide-awake surgery in Sweden, and has contributed new knowledge in the use of WALANT in nerve entrapment and wrist surgery.

Christina Harwood - Convenor

Christina graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2001. She worked in a variety of settings throughout the UK and in Australia, before focusing on Hand Therapy full time in 2004. Christina became a Member of the AHTA in 2006 and has previously served as State Representative and Membership Secretary. Constantly looking for the next challenge, Christina has completed research projects on scar management, splinting for rotation deficits of the forearm and most recently midcarpal instability, all of which she has presented at both national and international conferences. 


Christina was co-author of her first published paper in November 2015. She has a special interest in wrists, trauma and sport injuries and loves to teach. After experiencing public and private practices in Queensland, Western Australia and England, Christina now works at EKCO Hand Therapy in South Brisbane.

Joy Hanna

Joy has over 20 years experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992 and completed a Master of Science (Hand Therapy) in 2003. Her Masters thesis was in the Management of Extensor Tendon Injuries with Early Active Mobilisation. She has worked both in Australia and the UK, within both the public and private sectors. She is currently the Manager of EKCO Hand Therapy in Brisbane. Joy has presented at both national and international conferences in Australia, the UK and USA and has taught at a number of universities in the field of hand therapy. Joy is a past president of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Bhavana Jha

Bhavana is a physiotherapist with experience in general plastics and hand and upperlimb rehabilitation, having worked in UK and here in Australia. She is currently employed as an advanced physiotherapist at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. She has contributed as a director of the British Hand Therapy Association executive committee and the AHTA education sub-committee. Bhavana is interested in clinical research in hand therapy, having worked as a research coordinator at the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute. She has several publications in peer reviewed journals. Her special areas of interest are upperlimb trauma and tendon injuries.

Karina Lewis

Karina has 15 years experience in hand therapy and currently works as a Clinical Specialist at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Karina graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, is an Accredited Hand Therapist (AHTA), a Certified Hand Therapist and has recently submitted her thesis for a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Queensland. 


Karina has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom and has completed a volunteer placement in Sri Lanka. A strong interested in improving international equity in health care lead Karina to complete a Masters of Public Health, graduating in 2016. In 2015, Karina founded HandEd, a social enterprise with the aim to support therapists from low and middle income countries access professional development opportunities related to hand therapy, burns and plastics.

Erika Lassig

Erika graduated from the University of Queensland as an Occupational Therapist in 2004 and has worked in hand and upper limb rehabilitation in a variety of public and private settings. She has been working in the Hand Elbow Wrist Therapy clinic at Logan Hospital since 2006 and founded her own private practice The Hand Recovery Centre in 2016.


Erika completed a Master of Health Science through the University of Sydney with a focus on hand therapy and soft tissue management in 2009. She is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association).


Erika is dedicated to education, training and participation in research in the area of hand therapy. She has co-authored research which was published in The Journal of Hand Therapy.


When not working, Erika enjoys family time with her husband Phillip and three daughters.

We invite you to support the 2019 AHTA National Conference

Sponsoring the AHTA National Conference provides an exciting opportunity for your company or organisation to be part of the unique specialty of hand therapy and their associates in physiotherapy and occupational therapy. 

Current sponsorship opportunities:

Trade Display
Conference Dinner
Coffee Cart
Conference Lanyards, USBs, Pens & Pads
Satchel Insert

By sponsoring the AHTA National Conference you are giving your organisation an excellent opportunity to promote your name, support your brands and maintain a high profile within the industry before, during and after the conference. 

Sponsorship Prospectus

2018 Presentations

The 2018 conference presentations are now available for download.  Please use the password that was sent to 2018 conference delegates by the Conference Secretariat.

Open the program by clicking the button below and then hover over the presentation title. 

Please note not all Presenters have given permission to share their presentations. The titles in pink have been linked to their presentations.

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