Therapists

Special Interests

  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Hand and wrist fractures
  • Tendon repairs

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy Practice – 2013

Courses Attended

  • 2014 – AHTA Fundamentals of Hand Therapy Course
  • 2014 – AHTA Advanced Trauma Course
  • 2014 – Sarah Mee Wrist Workshop
  • 2015 – AHTA : Splint / Orthotic Fabrication – Mobilisation Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy : Cumulative Trauma Disorders Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy : Arthroplasties of the Upper Extremity Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy : Flexor Tendons : Get a Grip on Rehabilitation Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy : Extensor Tendon Management Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy : Physical Agent Modalities : Occupation – based Implementation of Thermal Agent Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy: Physical Agent Modalities: Occupation – based Implementation of Electrical Agents Course
  • 2017 – Exploring Hand Therapy: Wrist Secrets part 1.- courses
  • 2017 – Explain pain and Graded motor imagery course – noi group
  • 2017 – Managing the lymphatic system in Hand Therapy course
  • 2016,2017,2018 – Victorian Hand Surgery Society (VHHS) meetings
  • 2018 – AHTA national conference
  • 2019 – Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT) annual conference
  • 2020 – Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and Hand Therapist conference
  • 2021 – AHTA national conference
  • 2021 – Trigger point dry needling course

Presentations / Publications

  • Assessment of Common Hand Injuries – to General Practitioners
  • Wrist Instability (Scapholunate Ligament Injuries) – Special Interest Upper Limb Group Townsville
  • Soft tissue injuries – to osteopaths
  • Common hand conditions and splinting – OTA (annual)
  • 2021 – Webinar : Assessing and Treating Arthiritis of the Upper Limb – Co – presented with Jennifer Mathias OT Association
  • 2014 – GP Presentation – ongoing
  • 2015 – Wrist Instability
  • 2018 – Osteopath Presentation
  • 2018 – Common Hands – ongoing

Bio

Kate developed a passion for treating hand injuries whilst on placement at university. Following completion of her degree, she began working in private practice in Townsville and independently managed a rural outreach clinic. She has been working with Melbourne Hand Therapy since returning to Melbourne. Kate has supervised clinical students, both observational and practical, to develop their hand therapy skills. She believes in ongoing and lifelong learning and regularly participates in professional development to deliver evidence-based treatment. Kate enjoys working with patients following hand surgery as well as the challenge of treating patients to assist them in avoiding the need for surgery.

Memberships

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