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 due to open by the end of March. To keep up to date with the conference, join our mailing list below!


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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.

Confirmed Presenters

Prof Mark Ross
Christina Harwood
Dr Rosemary Prosser
Dr Steven Frederiksen
Dr Brooke Coombes
Dr Alison Nelson
Alison Taylor
Jock Fairweather
Amy Geach
Kate Peardon



Dr Karl Bagraith
Dr Trevor Gervais
Melinda Lewis
Prof Randy Bindra
Dr Greg Couzens
A/Prof Anne Wajon
Lauren Miller
Chris Weier
Ngaire McGaw

Pullman Brisbane King George Square

Located in the heart of Brisbane City, the Pullman Brisbane King George Square will host the Australian Hand Therapy Association National Conference 2019.

Dining options include a sophisticated restaurant, a sleek and vibrant bar and cafe and Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar which overlooks King George Square and City Hall. Additional guest facilities include a rooftop fitness centre with spectacular skyline views. 

The Pullman is a short walk to Brisbane's top entertainment (Southbank), dining (Southbank & Eagle Street Pier), shopping (Queen Street Mall) and sporting (Suncorp Stadium) precincts, as well as key public transport (Roma Street Train Station, Central Train Station & King George Square Bus Station) options. 

Pullman King George Square - Pullman Tower


Outfitted with one King bed or two Queen beds, these 5-star 36-square-metre rooms offer views of Roma Street Gardens, the Brisbane cityscape or the inner-courtyard. 


Conference Room Rates 
(available to conference delegates when booked through the registration system)

Pullman King Run of House Room including 1 breakfast daily:
$195 per night
Pullman King Run of House Room including 2 breakfasts daily:
$220 per night

Pullman Twin Share Run of House Room including 2 breakfasts daily:
$220 per night

Pullman King George Square - Mecure Tower


Outfitted with one Queen bed or two double beds, these 4-star 28-square-metre rooms offer views of the Brisbane cityscape or the inner-courtyard.  


Conference Room Rates
(available to conference delegates when booked through the registration system)

Mecure Queen Run of House Room including 1 breakfast daily:
$160 per night
Mecure Queen Run of House Room including 2 breakfasts daily:
$185 per night
Mecure Twin Share Run of House Room including 2 breakfasts daily:
$185 per night

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.

Presentation Download