The 2018 Conference Committee, on behalf of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, invite you to join us at the 2018 AHTA National Conference, Reaching for the future: Innovation and technology in hand therapy practice 

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. 

Join us in Melbourne from the 19th - 21st October 2018, to learn, be inspired, network with colleagues and enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer. 

Registrations are now open!


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Earlybird registrations are now open.

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Full Registration

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Earlybird Regular
AHTA Member $785 $885
AHTA Associate $785 $885
HTNZ Member $785 $885
Non-Member $1015 $1115

Day Registration

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Earlybird Regular
AHTA Member $470 $470
AHTA Associate $470 $470
HTNZ Member $470 $470
Non-Member $580 $580

Abstract submission for the 2018 National Conference is now open. The Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit abstracts for free papers on any topics related to the upper limb. Topics which complement the conference theme, Reaching for the future - Innovation and technology in hand therapy practice, will be marked with higher preference. 

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 bellow. To submit your abstract, please click the Submit Abstract button below.

Submissions close Saturday 30th June 2018

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Workshop 1

Structured Assessment of the Shoulder: Is it contributing to your patient's upper limb presentation?
- Simon Balster

This workshop will run through the clinically relevant biomechanics and our structured assessment of the shoulder & girdle. During this discussion and practical demonstration, we will highlight how this assessment then guides whether:

  • The shoulder contributes to the patient's presentation;
  • Affects the patient's overall diagnosis; and
  • Directs their upper limb management


Date: Thursday 18th October 2018
Time: 12.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Crown Melbourne
Cost: $230 per person

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Workshop 2

Plaster & Casting Workshop - Robert Vragovski

In this workshop you will learn current methods of casting. It will be hands on, with participants encouraged to trial different materials and fabricate casts for specific conditions. The workshop will cover fibre glass splints, full circumferential casts, thumb spica, hand based casts, UCL injuries, when to use and for what type of injury. There will be combination of splint and full casts as well as removal of casts. Tips,  techniques, and tools of the trade will be taught by Robert Vragovski, a highly experienced casting clinician from Royal Melbourne Hospital.


Date: Thursday 18th October 2018
Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Crown Melbourne
Cost: $150 per person
Discounted Rate: Attend the Plaster & Anatomy workshops for a discounted rate of $230

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Workshop 3

Anatomy of the Upper Limb - Jeff Sanderson

The workshop, to be held at the University of Melbourne’s anatomy lab, will be a practical session revising the anatomy of the upper limb. Wet specimens, pots and bones will be utilised in interactive tasks, guiding participants towards identification of anatomical features, and how they relate to clinical presentation, assessment and treatment. This session will be jointly facilitated by an anatomist and a clinician, ensuring clinically relevant exploration of the upper limb. It will be a great opportunity for those seeking a more detailed understanding of upper limb anatomy, as well as those looking for general revision.


Date: Thursday 18th October 2018
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: University of Melbourne
Cost: $130 per person
Discounted Rate: Attend the Plaster & Anatomy workshops for a discounted rate of $230

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Crown Melbourne

Located in the heart of Southbank, the Crown Melbourne will host Australian Hand Therapy Association National Conference 2018.

Crown Melbourne is Australia’s largest destination venue and offers state-of-the-art conferencing and
banqueting venues as well as full recreational and leisure facilities. Walking distance from luxurious accommodation, restaurants and many of Melbourne's main attractions we trust that your experience at the Crown Melbourne will be great.


Crown Promenade Melbourne


This luxury accommodation in Melbourne's Southbank features a king size bed, large desk/dining table, ISD telephones with data-port and high speed Internet access, in-house movies, PayTV and an ottoman window seat to take in the city and bay views. 

You can book this accommodation through the registration page at a discounted conference rate:


Adina Apartments Melbourne Northbank


Stay in the heart of Melbourne at the 4.5 star Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank. Enjoy free WiFi and spacious apartment style accommodation with the all the luxuries of hotel service. This aparthotel is only 200m from the Melbourne Aquarium, a free tram ride from Flinders Street Station &  a 10 - 15 minute walk to the conference venue.

You can book this accommodation through the registration page at a discounted conference rate:


Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of Australia’s finest historic hotels. Located on Flinders Street a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district that’s well suited for both business and leisure.Rendezvous is 1km from the conference venue. 

You can book this accommodation through the registration page at a discounted conference rate:


Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank


Set in a brightly painted, contemporary building, this laid-back hotel is a 6-minute walk from Flinders Street rail station, and 10 minutes' walk from both Federation Square, the National Gallery of Victoria and the conference venue. The rooms come with kitchenettes, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. 

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We invite you to support the 2018 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.

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

For more information, and to view our sponsorship prospectus, please click the link below to contact the Conference Secretariat.

Sponsorship Prospectus

2017 Presentations

The 2017 conference presentations are now available for download.  Please use the password that was to 2017 conference delegates by the Conference Secretariat.

Open the program by clicking the button below and then hover over the name of the Presenter. 

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

Presentation Download