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23
Nov
2018

Presented by: Dave Parsons - OT

This course will cover the principles and practice of mobilising orthoses for the hand and upper limb. The two-day program (9.00am – 5.00pm each day) will be an active learning experience with lectures on the important theoretical foundations of orthotic fabrication and hands-on practical sessions.




DATE:
Saturday, 24th - Sunday, 25th November 2018


TIME:
9.00am - 5.00pm each day
Exam held 4.00pm - 5.00pm on Saturday


VENUE:
Melbourne, VIC (TBC)


This course will cover the principles and practice of mobilising orthoses for the hand and upper limb. The two-day program (9.00am – 5.00pm each day) will be an active learning experience with lectures on the important theoretical foundations of orthotic fabrication and hands-on practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of thermoplastic materials fabricating numerous orthoses for the fingers, thumb, and wrist. Various mobilising orthoses for the forearm and elbow will be demonstrated and discussed. The first session will address theory with the balance of time spent fabricating orthoses. The last session will consist of a short answer exam paper addressing principles and practical issues covered in the course.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course participants (graduate OT & PTs) will have:
  • A detailed knowledge of mobilising orthotic designs for the upper limb.
  • An understanding tissue response in process of wound healing and disease and the effects of mobilising forces from orthotic application.
  • A detailed knowledge of the theoretical basis of orthotic design.
  • An ability to analyse research evidence on upper limb mobilising orthoses/splints.
  • An ability to fabricate mobilising and torque transmission orthoses for the upper limb using a variety of thermoplastic and casting materials.

COURSE SCHEDULE:
Participants will receive pre-reading to assist with their learning in preparation for the workshop.

Brief summary of workshop content:
  • Anatomical, kinesiological and biomechanical principles under pinning design of custom made and prefabricated mobilising and torque transmission orthoses.
  • The functions of mobilising orthoses in context of tissue healing and disease processes
  • The process of orthotic design, and development of skills in fabrication of various mobilising and torque transmission orthoses for the upper limb.
  • Splinting/orthotic fabrication product information.
  • Research evidence

SHORT WRITTEN EXAM:
Participants wishing to complete the Certificate are required to submit a detailed case study 6 weeks after the workshop.  The case study assignment will be discussed further during the course.


PREREQUISITES:
It is not a prerequisite that participants have completed the AHTA Immobilisation splint/ orthotic fabrication course, but is it is strongly recommended.  The course is designed for therapists with some experience treating persons with upper limb dysfunction.   Participants must have a sound understanding of the principles of immobilisation splinting and can fabricate a wrist immobilisation orthosis in 15 minutes.  Competency in use of thermoplastic splinting materials is essential. This course is not open to students and not recommended for newly graduated therapists. 


ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

DAVE PARSONS
Occupational Therapist

Dave graduate form Curtin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2006. He has worked in both the private and public sectors across his career before moving into a full-time teaching role at Curtin University teaching hand and upper limb rehabilitation (including orthoses fabrication) to occupational therapy students. As well as teaching full-time, Dave is also completing his PhD and conducting research in the area hand and upper limb rehabilitation. He has a keen interest in acute trauma and managing sporting injuries. In addition to his clinical work, Dave is also the Treasurer of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS:
This is a certificate workshop, so participants are encouraged to undertake the assessment that will allow them to claim 50 CPD hours for attendance at two-day course, and successful completion of case study and written exam. Participants not wishing to undertake assessment may claim 16 hours credit for attendance at two day course. For those wishing to apply to become an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA, this is a core course and successful assessment and completion of all components is a requirement for your application.


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISCLAIMER:
By registering for this course you agree that during the course, any contributions verbally or in writing which you make in regards to improving, altering or amending the content of the course, may be used by the AHTA in subsequent courses and will become the intellectual property of AHTA.

(Please contact Sarah at the office by email info@ahta.com.au if you have any queries in relation to this disclaimer)


REGISTRATION FEES:
AHTA Member: $632
AHTA Associate Member: $711
Non-Member: $790


REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Friday, 9 November 2018 (or until fully booked)

Please note any dietary requirements in the delivery instructions box when completing the online registration form.

COURSE & BOOKING ENQUIRIES:
Sarah Dixon - events@ahta.com.au


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