Therapists

Special Interests

  • 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

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) 1992
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation (with Distinction) 1997

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

Bio

  • 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

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
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
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