Friday 1.30 - 3.00pm

Dart Throwing Motion Revisited and Reversed

Presenter: Lynne Feehan
Attendance Limit: 60 delegates - Please note this is a AHTA Members only session
Outline:

This session will be interactive and use case-based discussions to challenge participants to think about their conservative management of common wrist injuries; applying some of the principles and practices used with a Dart-Throwing-Motion approach to rehabilitation of radial sided injuries (DTM Revisited) and explore if these same principles and practices could be applied in reverse for common ulnar-sided injuries (DTM Reversed).

Virtual Reality: An introduction to the current and future therapeutic benefits of Virtual Reality

Presenter: Daniel Purtell
Attendance Limit: 
30
Outline:

Participants will experience first hand the immersive power of Virtual Reality and explore it’s therapeutic benefits. Each participant will be given a smartphone powered headset and engage in practical experiences and experiments to witness the potential for using virtual reality for treating a wide variety of conditions.  

Requirements: An additional entry cost of $20 per head will cover the cost of a headset required per person. Each participant will also need to supply there own smartphone (produced in 2016 or newer). 

Early Active Vector Adjustable Skin Traction (EAVAST) for Phalangeal Fractures

Presenter: Jason Fairclough
Attendance Limit: 
80
Outline:

This session will provide theory and evidence base for advantaged finger fracture management.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice the Early Active Vector Adjustable Skin Traction (EVAST) method using the latest methods and materials developed by the presenter.

Participants will practice applying traction through skin and nail traction methods, as well as using realigning straps and bolster blocks.

Relative Motion Extension & Relative Motion Flexion Orthoses

Presenter: Melissa Hirth
Attendance Limit: 
50
Outline:

This workshop will offer rationale on why relative motion works in the management of various hand conditions including extensor tendons repairs zones IV-VII, sagittal band injuries, acute central slip injuries, and boutonniere deformity. Participants will have the opportunity to fabricate relative motion orthoses and discuss the merits of different design options.

Psychological Factors in Hand Therapy and what you can do about them

Presenter: Kathleen Leach
Attendance Limit: 
20
Outline: 

Working with clients with injuries to hands can be more complicated that it looks on face value. In some cases the psychological factors can become the main barriers to recovery and goal attainment. Hands play such a central role in occupations but are frequently taken for granted, which can thus contribute to the complexity, that is it’s only once we lose function in our hands that we realise how important they are to our self of self and the meaning that we may place on them. Identifying these factors and having some simple ideas of what to do when you identify these factors can help to progress therapy which is getting stuck. The workshop will touch on cognitive and behavioural ideas, acceptance and values ideas as well as motivational interviewing ideas to provide a few tips in moving clients forward. 

Upper Limb Reconstructive Surgery to improve function following SCI or spasticity - A therapist perspective

Presenters: Cathy Cooper & Jodie Hahn
Attendance Limit: 
70
Outline:

Aim of the session is for attendees to:

  • understand role of upper limb reconstructive surgery in treating tetraplegia
  • understand role of spasticity surgery in management of severe tone in neurological conditions
  • gain insight into patient experience of upper limb reconstructive surgery and/or spasticity surgery via case study and patient panel
  • understand therapist role in post op rehabilitation after upper limb reconstructive surgery and spasticity surgery

Wound and Scar Management

Presenter: Geoff Sussman
Attendance Limit: 
100
Outline: 

Wounds are a common problems both those that are planned such as surgery or unplanned  for example accidents. Prompt treatment and management of skin damage will ensure healing and a good outcome. A scar is part of the natural process of wound healing however they can impact not only cosmetically but functionality. How and why do scars form, can they be prevented and how best should they be managed. Some scars such as bun contractures have a significant impact on the quality of life of the patient. Post surgical scars are often considered as not important however in the case of joint surgery they may effect joint mobility.

Saturday 2.00 - 3.30pm

Dart Throwing Motion Revisited and Reversed

Presenter: Lynne Feehan
Attendance Limit: 60 delegates - Please note this is a AHTA Members only session
Outline:

This session will be interactive and use case-based discussions to challenge participants to think about their conservative management of common wrist injuries; applying some of the principles and practices used with a Dart-Throwing-Motion approach to rehabilitation of radial sided injuries (DTM Revisited) and explore if these same principles and practices could be applied in reverse for common ulnar-sided injuries (DTM Reversed).

Elbow Injuries in the Paediatric Athlete

Presenter: Elizabeth Ward
Attendance Limit: 50 delegates 
Outline:

Increased single-sport participation with year-round training, higher intensities at younger ages, and longer competitive seasons are contributing factors to the increased injury rates seen in paediatric athletes. Conditioning and training errors also contribute significantly to the risk and frequency of injury.   This workshop will cover common traumatic and overload injuries in gymnastics with a focus on the elbow, and demonstrate a graded return to training and competition with a programme which moves from non-weight bearing exercise through to partial, full and plyometric exercise progression.   Elizabeth will also be exploring crossover of these principles into other sports which require weight bearing or high load through the upper limb in young athletes.

Ultrasound Workshop

Presenter: Greg Lammers & Brodwen McBain
Attendance Limit: 80
Outline:

This session will consist of an introduction to ultrasound techniques and interpretation, the sonographic presentation of common hand conditions, and a screen projection of live ultrasound scanning. Participants will have the opportunity to request scanning of any structure of interest during the session. 

An Exercise Physiologist's Approach to Upper Limb Rehabilitation

Presenter: Mark Simpson
Attendance Limit: 50
Outline:

This workshop will discuss the phases of a graded rehabilitation program for the management of upper limb conditions. Mark will discuss the parameters of exercise prescription from early management to end stage rehabilitation. Focus will be placed on taking a holistic approach to managing the person opposed to the condition, including the use of tools such as motivational interviewing to develop intrinsic motivation and increased compliance to rehabilitation to develop sustainable outcomes. Participants will leave with templated resources for exercise prescription and the ability to develop physical preparation programs to aid in return to work, sport and life. 

Relative Motion Extension & Relative Motion Flexion Orthoses

Presenter: Melissa Hirth
Attendance Limit: 
50
Outline:

This workshop will offer rationale on why relative motion works in the management of various hand conditions including extensor tendons repairs zones IV-VII, sagittal band injuries, acute central slip injuries, and boutonniere deformity. Participants will have the opportunity to fabricate relative motion orthoses and discuss the merits of different design options.

Solving the puzzle for Paediatric Congenital Conditions - theory, tips & tricks

Presenter: Rose Biggins
Attendance Limit: 
16
Outline:

We will provide an overview of the evidence base for management of common congenital paediatric hand conditions:

  • Camptodactyly
  • Clasped thumb
  • Congenital contractures

This workshop will be interactive and explore the practical aspects of working with children.  It will include demonstration of the fabrication process on a child’s hand.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice making an orthosis during the workshop.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Low Level Laser Therapy for the Rehabilitation of the Injured Hand

Presenter: Tina Czech
Attendance Limit: 
25
Outline:

The field of photomedicine incorporates  the use of ultraviolet (UV) therapy ,photodynamic therapy (PDT)  and high level  laser treatment  (HLLT) , which utilises high Watt (W)power outputs to instigate photothermal  blood coagulation, ablation, vapourisation  and carbonisation of tissues . However there is a non- thermal photobiomodulating (PBM) side of laser application, commonly known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), whereby very low levels of laser light within the red and near infra–red wavelengths are absorbed through the skin to instigate photochemically induced responses that support homeostasis, modulate inflammation and pain and facilitate optimum healing of all types of tissues. A vast number of medical and allied health professionals worldwide are now utilising LLLT in their day to day clinical practice to provide non-needle acupuncture, to reduce pain and morbidity and aid healing and recovery over much shorter timeframes. Repeated and continuing clinical and laboratory research by reputed scientific investigators, is substantiating the merits of PBM not as some new type of pseudoscience, but as a true protoscience, that is rapidly progressing to become a true mainstream science. This will be further discussed and demonstrated in a combined lecture and video workshop, specifically relating to conditions that hand therapists currently treat, with special emphasis on bone and soft tissue repair, improving and accelerating the functional outcome of the hand, as well as nerve regeneration, particularly after autograft repair of severely injured peripheral nerves, in conjunction with pain relief without side effects.   

Focal Hand Dystonia

Presenter: Karen Fitt & Dr Bronwen Ackermann
Attendance Limit: 100
Outline:

Participants will learn current epidemiology and treatment strategies for managing focal dystonia of the hand. Perspectives from the neurologists viewpoint as well as a therapists will be presented. Video case studies will be presented to provide an in depth understanding and confidence to recognise focal dystonia. Key approaches to assessment and treatment of this challenging condition will be demonstrated. Participants will also hear from an orchestra musician about his journey back to recovery from focal dystonia.

 

 

Saturday 4.00 - 5.30pm

Virtual Reality: An introduction to the current and future therapeutic benefits of Virtual Reality

Presenter: Daniel Purtell
Attendance Limit: 
30
Outline:

Participants will experience first hand the immersive power of Virtual Reality and explore it’s therapeutic benefits. Each participant will be given a smartphone powered headset and engage in practical experiences and experiments to witness the potential for using virtual reality for treating a wide variety of conditions.  

Requirements: An additional entry cost of $20 per head will cover the cost of a headset required per person. Each participant will also need to supply there own smartphone (produced in 2016 or newer). 

Early Active Vector Adjustable Skin Traction (EAVAST) for Phalangeal Fractures

Presenter: Jason Fairclough
Attendance Limit: 
80
Outline:

This session will provide theory and evidence base for advantaged finger fracture management.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice the Early Active Vector Adjustable Skin Traction (EVAST) method using the latest methods and materials developed by the presenter.

Participants will practice applying traction through skin and nail traction methods, as well as using realigning straps and bolster blocks.

Ultrasound Workshop

Presenter: Greg Lammers & Brodwen McBain
Attendance Limit: 80
Outline:

This session will consist of an introduction to ultrasound techniques and interpretation, the sonographic presentation of common hand conditions, and a screen projection of live ultrasound scanning. Participants will have the opportunity to request scanning of any structure of interest during the session. 

An Exercise Physiologist's Approach to Upper Limb Rehabilitation

Presenter: Mark Simpson
Attendance Limit: 50
Outline:

This workshop will discuss the phases of a graded rehabilitation program for the management of upper limb conditions. Mark will discuss the parameters of exercise prescription from early management to end stage rehabilitation. Focus will be placed on taking a holistic approach to managing the person opposed to the condition, including the use of tools such as motivational interviewing to develop intrinsic motivation and increased compliance to rehabilitation to develop sustainable outcomes. Participants will leave with templated resources for exercise prescription and the ability to develop physical preparation programs to aid in return to work, sport and life. 

Elbow Injuries in the Paediatric Athlete

Presenter: Elizabeth Ward
Attendance Limit: 50 delegates 
Outline:

Increased single-sport participation with year-round training, higher intensities at younger ages, and longer competitive seasons are contributing factors to the increased injury rates seen in paediatric athletes. Conditioning and training errors also contribute significantly to the risk and frequency of injury.   This workshop will cover common traumatic and overload injuries in gymnastics with a focus on the elbow, and demonstrate a graded return to training and competition with a programme which moves from non-weight bearing exercise through to partial, full and plyometric exercise progression.   Elizabeth will also be exploring crossover of these principles into other sports which require weight bearing or high load through the upper limb in young athletes.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Low Level Laser Therapy for the Rehabilitation of the Injured Hand

Presenter: Tina Czech
Attendance Limit: 
25
Outline:

The field of photomedicine incorporates  the use of ultraviolet (UV) therapy ,photodynamic therapy (PDT)  and high level  laser treatment  (HLLT) , which utilises high Watt (W)power outputs to instigate photothermal  blood coagulation, ablation, vapourisation  and carbonisation of tissues . However there is a non- thermal photobiomodulating (PBM) side of laser application, commonly known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), whereby very low levels of laser light within the red and near infra–red wavelengths are absorbed through the skin to instigate photochemically induced responses that support homeostasis, modulate inflammation and pain and facilitate optimum healing of all types of tissues. A vast number of medical and allied health professionals worldwide are now utilising LLLT in their day to day clinical practice to provide non-needle acupuncture, to reduce pain and morbidity and aid healing and recovery over much shorter timeframes. Repeated and continuing clinical and laboratory research by reputed scientific investigators, is substantiating the merits of PBM not as some new type of pseudoscience, but as a true protoscience, that is rapidly progressing to become a true mainstream science. This will be further discussed and demonstrated in a combined lecture and video workshop, specifically relating to conditions that hand therapists currently treat, with special emphasis on bone and soft tissue repair, improving and accelerating the functional outcome of the hand, as well as nerve regeneration, particularly after autograft repair of severely injured peripheral nerves, in conjunction with pain relief without side effects.   

Solving the puzzle for Paediatric Congenital Conditions - theory, tips & tricks

Presenter: Rose Biggins
Attendance Limit: 
16
Outline:

We will provide an overview of the evidence base for management of common congenital paediatric hand conditions:

  • Camptodactyly
  • Clasped thumb
  • Congenital contractures

This workshop will be interactive and explore the practical aspects of working with children.  It will include demonstration of the fabrication process on a child’s hand.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice making an orthosis during the workshop.

Thoracic Outlet Syndromes: Diagnosis & Management

Presenter: Alastair Flett
Attendance Limit: 100
Outline:

This session will present the current state of the knowledge with regard to the sub-grouping, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of thoracic outlet syndrome. It will highlight both what is currently known but also not known about this group of heterogenous disorders and how this knowledge might be interpreted to help drive treatment choices. A case study will also be presented.