Therapists

Special Interests

  • Colleen is particularly interested in trauma cases and achieving best possible outcomes by working closely with referring hand surgeons. Her nursing background and specialist knowledge in wound care adds extra value when treating clients post operatively following both trauma and elective surgery.
  • Other special interest areas include hand therapy intervention for osteoarthritis of the thumb and hand helping the patient improve function, reduce pain and avoid surgical intervention where possible.
  • Colleen believes in providing best evidence-based practice when treating a variety of hand conditions. Wherever possible Colleen aims to guide early active motion after injury, fractures, and surgery to enable a safe return to all work, life and play activities as quickly as possible.
  • Colleen is a “people person” who gets a lot of job satisfaction from seeing her clients recover and return back to their work, home life and hobbies.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy La Trobe University 1994
  • General Nurse Division 1 1987 Mercy Private Hospital
  • Certified Hand Therapist (USA)

Bio

Colleen has extensive experience working in public burns, plastics and trauma units in Australia and the UK. After graduation she secured a position as a Hand Therapist at The Alfred Trauma and Burns unit.  She has worked privately for Melbourne Hand Therapy since 2001.

Memberships

  • Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)
  • Full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association
  • Member of Australian Occupational Therapy Association
  • Certified Hand Therapist (USA)
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
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