Hot off the Press!

We are delighted to announce the 2015 finalists in the Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award. To read more about the award and the independent judging panel for this year, click here.

The finalists are (in no particular order):

Beth Taylor & Ngaire Turnbull: Kick Start Program

The Kick Start Program is a 2-week intensive practical hand therapy training program covering the foundations of hand therapy including hand assessment; wound, oedema and scar management; management of simple tendon injuries; hand fractures and splinting. The program integrates evidence-based practice with hands-on, low-stress clinical experience in a friendly and supportive environment. Participants have access to one on one teaching, generous time for the practice of splinting and observation and application of treatment techniques in a clinical setting, not in a classroom. This initiative was designed to assist new graduates or therapists interested in hand therapy, gain the "hands-on" experience they need to work in the field.

Carmel Bain: Rehab Minder Therapy Assistant App

The Rehab Minder Therapy Assistant App replaces the paper-based home exercise program with a mobile version in the form of a smartphone application. The app is installed on the patients' iOS device and the therapist then creates an injury profile for the patient. This generates a short list of exercises that are relevant for that injury in the first 8 weeks of rehabilitation. The app contains 343 exercises divided into 5 databases: Non-exercises therapy, PROM, Assisted ROM, AROM and Resisted Exercises. There is also provision for additional notes that can offer additional instructions from the therapist for the patient.

Re-Wired Hand Therapy Team: BPI - Spread the Word!

This initiative is an education package developed by the Re-Wired Team consisting of A) a Brachial Plexus Function Poster - identifying nerves and their corresponding functional movements with colour coded photos to support them; B) The poster as a working handout - to be given to a patient and/or therapist with highlighted drawings of the individual injury and/or nerve transfer surgeries; C) Exercise sheets - structured as a series corresponding to MMT grade of muscle return for each nerve transfer (to be used as home and/or clinic program to assist with motivation and assessment of patient progress through each of the 5 stages through their recovery); and D) Video demonstrations - to support each of the exercises in the Exercise sheets. The structure of the package enables treatment of the Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) patient population (including remote areas) in alternative ways to conventional face to face consultation.

Congratulations to the three finalists. The winner will be announced at the Australian Hand Therapy Association 2015 National Conference from the 16 - 18 October in Scarborough Beach, WA.

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