The 2016 Conference Committee, on behalf of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, invite you to join us at the AHTA 2016 National Conference, Tendons: Moving to Mastery.

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

Join us in Sydney, New South Wales from the 26th - 28th August 2016, to learn, be inspired, network with colleagues and enjoy everything Sydney has to offer.


Select a registration type

Full Registration

Full registration includes entry into all conference sessions, entry into the trade exhibition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, conference satchel, Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.

Early Bird Registration closes Friday 27th May 2016

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Earlybird Regular
AHTA Full Member $699 $799
AHTA Associate Member $699 $799
NZAHT Member $699 $799
Non-Member $899 $999

Day Registration

Day registration includes entry into all conference sessions, entry into the trade exhibition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (for the day of registration only), conference satchel. Please note social functions are not included in Day Registrations.

Early Bird Registration closes Friday 27th May 2016

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Earlybird Regular
AHTA Full Member $450 $450
AHTA Associate Member $450 $450
NZAHT Member $450 $450
Non-Member $550 $550


To view the draft conference program, please click the button below.



The Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit abstracts for papers on topics which compliment the conference theme, Tendons: Moving to Mastery. You can submit an abstract for a paper or a poster. For more information and guidelines for your submission, please click the Abstract Submission Guidelines button below. Abstract submission closes Friday 27th May 2016.





Invited International Speaker

Fiona Peck

Fiona is a clinical specialist physiotherapist and has worked at the regional burns and plastic surgery unit at Withington and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, UK for over 30 years. She has specialised in the treatment of hand trauma since 1985 and over the last 15 years has developed a practitioner led hand service where specialist therapists working in an extended scope capacity manage closed trauma, postoperative and elective cases through to discharge.

Fiona has always had a special interest in tendon injuries and has audited the outcomes of flexor tendon injury through the evolution of rehabilitation for the past 30 years. She has published on this subject and has been fortunate enough to be able to lecture both nationally and internationally.


Fiona will be presenting:

Friday 26th August 2016
Key Note Lecture - 'The rehabilitation of flexor tendon injuries in Zones 1 and 2' at 9.40am
Concurrent Session - 'The rehabilitation of flexor tendon injuries' at 1.45pm and 3.45pm

Saturday 27th August 2016
Key Note Lecture - 'The rehabilitation of extensor tendon injuries of the hand and forearm' at 10.15am

Sunday 28th August 2016
Key Note Lecture - 'The development of a therapy led trauma clinic' at 8.30am

Concurrent Sessions

Friday 26th August 2016

1.45pm & 3.45pm


Fiona Peck - The rehabilitation of flexor tendon injuries
This workshop will explore all aspects of rehabilitation presented in the key note talk in greater depth, including other zones of injury. Factors impacting the implementation of controlled active motion including wound care and dressing techniques will be included along with the management of flexor pollicis longus injuries and injuries in children.

The construction of the Manchester short splint will be discussed in greater detail and the anatomical and biomechanical implications of safe function will be presented.. Various outcomes measures will also be outlined and interactive audience discussion after each part of the workshop will be encouraged.

Joy Hanna - Tendon Gliding
This session will offer strategies on how to promote and optimize tendon gliding post flexor tendon repair.
Limited to 50 participants per session

Ray Jongs - Springs and Things: Spliting the PIP Joint
Dynamic splints are levers that provide a variable force across joints using elastic materials. How do we quantify this force in spring-wire splints? The application of force contributes to the effectiveness of the splint: either the torque generated, or patient adherence. The forces generated by spring-wire splints are subject to engineering principles. This session will present data for force/torque application from common widths of spring-wire, and how this may apply to the PIPj, compared to the DIPj or MCPj. The principles of how these forces are applied will be demonstrated with the construction of various spring-wire splints.
Limited to 60 participants per session

Tim Peltz - Tendon Repairs
This session will outline in more detail the physiology of tendon repairs. Participants will have the opportunity to suture a tendon.
Limited to 30 participants per session

Bronwen Ackerman - Intrinsic/Extrinsic Muscle Balance
This session will outline assessing and retraining the intrinsic and extrinsic muscle balance for musicians’ hand function.
Limited to 40 participants per session

Saturday 27th August 2016


Karen Ginn - Shoulders
This session will outline in more detail the assessment and management of shoulder girdle tendon repairs and dysfunction.

Ben Cunningham - Wrists
Ben will be taking an in depth look at the stability of the wrist examining the link between the static (ligamentous) and the dynamic (tendons and muscles) stabilisers of the wrist and how their relationship with each other contributes to common conditions such as De Quervain’s, ECU tendonosis, Lateral Epicondylosis and ulnar and radial sided wrist pain.  Ben will present on the anatomy and biomechanics and how this relates to their assessment and treatment.

Leanne Bisset - Elbow Tendinopathy
This session will follow on from this morning’s lecture outlining in more detail the assessment and management of elbow tendinopathy.

Amy Geach - Essentials of Private Practice
This workshop is suitable for therapists thinking of branching into the world of private practice, and also those who may be already working in private practice as a sole practitioner or with a team around them. The workshop will focus on practical business knowledge & skills to ensure you are implementing best business practices into your practice.

This workshop will cover the essential to operating an effective private practice, and will offer simple tips and advice, with practical resources to takeaway and use in your own practice.  The workshop will cover the following themes: financial knowledge, development of systems, marketing and branding, and time management.

Participants in the workshop will:

  • Develop an understanding of the need to possess sound business knowledge and skills in practice
  • Gain an insight into the key areas of business knowledge required to run a thriving practice
  • Learn basic financial techniques when setting fees and analysing statements
  • Learn the steps required for developing systems and processes for delivering effective services
  • Learn practical and cost effective ways to market and promote your services, including the development of strong referral networks.
  • Learn the parameters of branding in healthcare and how they can be implemented easily into practice
  • Gain an understanding of your time management skills and tips for enhancing the productivity of your day.


Rydges World Square

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Rydges World Square will host Australian Hand Therapy Association National Conference 2016.

Walking distance from fantastic restaurants and many of Sydney's main attractions we trust that your experience at the Rydges World Square will be great.


Rydges World Square luxurious guest rooms are well-equipped with flat-screen TVs and free WI-FI. The cosy Rydges Dream Bed with crisp, white linens complemented by custom black bed scarves and pillows will have you sleeping soundly and waking fully refreshed.  

Room types:
Deluxe King Room $199 per night
Family Room $299 per night


Social Events

Welcome Reception

Friday 26th August 2016

5 - 7pm

Join us at Rydges World Square to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Drinks and nibbles are included in your full registration.


Conference Dinner

Saturday 27th August 2016

Venue to be confirmed


We invite you to support the 2016 Australian Hand Therapy Association (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:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Trade Display
  • Session
  • 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 conferene.

Our delegates are keen to improve their skills and knowledge. Aligning your comapny with this powerful education experience demonstrates your commitment to assisting their development.

For more information, and to view our sponsorship prospectus, please contact Emily Adams, AHTA Conference Secretariat on (07) 3368 2422 or email

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors