Jennifer’s passion is treating patients with hand and upper limb problems, and getting immense satisfaction sharing the journey with patients as they achieve a full recovery
She enjoys working closely with some of Melbourne’s top Hand Surgeons and treating their patients post-surgery
She has a particular interest in keloid and hypertrophic scars
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) 1992
Post Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation (with Distinction) 1997
2022 – Webinar: Wrist Rehabilitation and Pain Management of the Upper Limb. Co-presented with Emmeline Fooks
2022 – Webinar: Intermediate course on Common Hand Conditions (assessment and treatment). Co-presented with Dane Johnson
2021 – Present – Assessing and Treating Arthritis of the Upper Limb. Co-presented with Kate Rayner. OT Association
Awards / Achievements
Received scholarship for further advancement in Hand Therapy – Eastern Health 1997
Establishment of Hand Therapy Unit at Box Hill Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital – Melbourne, 1995 and 1997
Honorary Affiliate – Latrobe University 1996
Awarded best clinical paper – Victorian Hand Surgeon Meeting – Partial Trapeziectomy and interposition with the Tornier Pyrocardan TMC joint implant (2012)
Presentations / Publications
Regular GP presentations on Management of Hand and Upper Limb Conditions (current)
Presentation to Camberwell Sports and Spinal Medicine on Management of Hand Conditions (2019)
Regular presentation to Victorian Rheumatology Trainee Program (since 2013)
Presentation to Australian Physiotherapy Association – Wrist Conditions (2017)
First CMC joint osteoarthritis – Surgical and Therapeutic Management (presented at AHTA – Victorian meeting 2013)
Partial Trapeziectomy and interposition with the Tornier Pyrocardan TMC joint implant (presented at the Victorian Hand Surgeons’ meeting 2012)
Re-defining the force which may be applied to the PIP joint (presented at the Victorian Hand Surgeons’ meeting)
Soft tissue injuries of the hand. How to Treat Yearbook (published paper 2004)
A co-operative venture in assessment and rehabilitation in an acute hospital (published work)
Common Hand Conditions – to graduating OT’s and PT’s (yearly presentation since 1997)
Invited lecturer Swinburne University – Occupational Therapy Department (yearly)
Ultrasound of the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand (co-lectured with Cherie Smith) – Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA) 27/7/2019
Jennifer has specialised in Hand and Upper Limb rehabilitation for over 25 years. She has cemented her knowledge by completing post graduate studies, participating in research projects, and being the co-author of medical journals. She now enjoys lecturing and doing presentations to Surgeons, GP’s and graduating therapists.
Enjoyed working with Emeritus Research as the clinical therapist in the drug trial for collagenase injections for patients with dupuytren’s disease. 2007
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
My daughter had a post op appointment to have a wrist splint especially made for her. The lady who saw my daughter was lovely and extremely helpful with post op after care and also gave her wound care advice. She was highly knowledgeable, confident and caring towards my daughter. Highly recommend Melbourne Hand Therapy.
These Hand Therapists are amazing in my eyes. It's so interesting watching them create and mould a splint for my thumb (currently on my second splint). And excellent practical advice to move forward with. I feel very well supported!
I have fantastic experience with hand therapist Morgan who listens, carefully observes my progress and gives great solutions.She is very resourceful.I would greatly recommend her to anyone who wants to get the best of their treatment.
My therapist at Melbourne Hand Therapy provides patient-centred care that’s focused on getting me back to normal daily activities and hobbies. Their expertise has yielded wonderful results so far. The East Melbourne clinic is really easy to access on public transport.
After receiving sub standard care elsewhere I was referred to Andrew Cavello and his team to look after a hand injury. Thank you so much for looking after me. The receptionists and therapists are divine and Andrew has been amazing. Thank you !
I made this appointment without reading reviews (just googled and this came place came up) and was a bit anxious, but needed an appointment fast. I was so impressed by the friendly reception staff and the clean waiting room.We saw Kim who was so lovely went over options and explained step by step. And really good with my daughter!I’m so thankful how the appointment went today.
An extremely professional, courteous, efficient and empathetic customer experienceAll therapists (Jamie, Lucy and Nikita) and support staff (Melanie and Sam) with whom I had contact are consummate professionals. Appointments were on time and reminders pleasant and helpful. Even when there was a “building problem” at Box Hill, a change of venue and therapist was arranged seamlessly at at no inconvenience to me.Highly recommended!
I am so grateful my GP suggested I check out Melbourne Hand Therapy Boronia where I met Veryn. She was very quick to identify my issues and put me on the right rehab path from the very first session. I have had 2 sessions now with Veryn and I can already feel the improvement. She explained the condition, the exercises and a way forward very clearly. Veryn is very knowledgeable, warm and supportive - thanks to her my optimism has returned. Highly recommend
Jaime helped me return to work and sport after a wrist injury. He's knowledgeable and really thorough with his treatment. From the initial consult, he was clear about treatment goals and rolling out an amazing treatment plan which assisted me in returning to work and reducing my wrist pain.Highly recommend the team at Melbourne Hand Therapy!
I saw Melanie for wrist pain, I suffered with tenosynovitis in both wrists after giving birth. Melanie was kind, friendly and professional and guided me to help fix my wrist pain. Thanks to Melanie for helping me.
Highly recommend Haley Field, Hand Specialist.Highly experienced, highly clinical, it was also impressive to see the mentorship she gives her staff ensuring all patients receive the highest level of care.
Jen and the team at Melbourne Hand Therapy provided me with exceptional care and support to assist with my recovery. The team of therapists worked hard to ensure I am now pain free and have full use of my finger. The multiple access to different locations made it easy to set appointments to suit my own schedule. I would highly recommend Melbourne Hand Therapy and thank them for the outstanding service they provided.
A very professional and caring hand therapy clinic. Jennifer Mathias and her team are thoughtful and extremely talented at developing personalised recovery treatment plans including tailor made hand splints.
Meeting with Emeline was a most enjoyable and productive experience. Immediately I became aware Emeline was most knowledgeable and experienced, as well as being friendly and professional. She detailed exercises for me which were most focussed and appropriate, and have achieved excellent results in a comparatively short period of time. I would recommend this business, and in particular Emeline to any prospective patient.Michael J Glinski
I have attended 2 appointments with Kate at the Bundoora clinic and I have found it to be very friendly and professional. Kate gave me all options in treating my hand condition and explained fully what to expect with my treatment plan. I would highly recommend Kate and Melbourne Hand Therapy.
Jennifer diagnosed my Rheumatoid Athritis over 20 years ago, when the GP thought it was RSI. Now she has provided valuable insight and expertise supporting a inflammatory condition for our son. Highly recommend this clinician.
From the Receptionists to the Hand Therapists, patients are always greeted warmly and treated professionally. Care and effort are taken with the individualised treatment and support. They are also very patient and respond to our concerns. This all aids in our recovery. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
I just couldn’t be happier with Kate and the support she provided me after my wrist operation. It was always such a pleasure to see her bright bubbly face and the exercises were perfect, in that they were manageable and helped me progress.It was a wonderful experience which I would highly recommend.
Emmaline was very kind, supportive and pragmatic. Giving clear easy to understand explanations and very gentle in removing my stitches which was a challenging task. I was also shown a number of easy to follow exercises to help limber my fingers to help the healing process. Highly recommended.
Very professional, efficientient and extremely knowledgeable on my problem. Put me at ease and i was comfortable at all times. My doctor is also very pleased with my progress as a direct result of the hand theorphy. Thanks.
Kristen was fantastic and the rehab that she did with my son enabled his arm to heal quickly and get back to the sport he loves as quick as possible. Very professional and helpful at all times. Would highly recommend.