Occupational Therapist and Accredited Hand Therapist
Kathy is an Occupational Therapist and an Accredited Hand Therapist, and has been treating hand injuries for over 30 years. Kathy has been in private practice since 1986, and has a keen interest in the management of post operative hand conditions including; fractures, nerve and tendon repairs, joint replacements, Dupuytrens, amputations and crush injuries to name a few.
Kathy is also passionate about managing non-operative hand conditions with referrals coming from general medical practitioners, physiotherapists and self-referrals. She has a particular interest in the management of sporting injuries, arthritis and tendonitis.
A full Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) since 1986, Kathy has filled various roles within the association and more recently was the convener of the 2017 national AHTA Conference. She taught the post graduate Orthotic Fabrication Certificate courses through the AHTA from 2006 to 2017 and is currently assisting in mentoring therapists wishing to upgrade to full Members of the AHTA.
Since 2006 Kathy has been volunteering in Sri Lanka through Interplast Australia and New Zealand, an organisation that sends teams of surgeons and therapists to developing countries for two weeks at a time. The program provides a mix of hands on surgery and therapy but also a significant education component with the aim of improving the skills of the local therapists and surgeons such that the volunteers become redundant.
Kathy remains passionate about treating hand injuries and is happy to share her knowledge, but also very keen to continue to learn. She is quite open and keen to work with other disciplines in order to achieve the best outcome. At times this may require referral to another therapist who is better able to manage the specific problem.
If you would like further information regarding the comprehensive range of services Kathy provides please visit her website here.
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