12 March 2024

Updates & Communications
March 2024

  • What's New This Month:
  • Word from Jen
  • Over to you Terri Stanley-Clarke
  • And now from Emmeline
  • Clinical Article: by Robin Wilks
  • What our Patients are Saying


Jennifer Mathias
MHT Director
Senior Clinician

Last month we welcomed back Nikita Kumar to the team. Nikita is working out of Ringwood East, Blackburn and Mount Waverley rooms. She was lucky enough to head to Bali on a two week holiday and she has returned with an engagement ring on her finger! Very exciting news for her and her fiancé.

We continue to have the privilege of working with some of our therapists who have been with our team for many years. They really are part of the family.

Here is what some of our long stayers are saying about working with MHT.

  • What's New This Month:
  • Word from Jen
  • Over to you Terri Stanley-Clarke
  • And now from Emmeline
  • Clinical Article: by Robin Wilks
  • What our Patients are Saying

Terri Stanley-Clarke

I have been working at MHT since beginning of 2019. Over this time, MHT has grown in staff members. The Latrobe clinic I work in has expanded in hours and and also the number of staff has increased and the building has been rebuilt back to a private hospital. The year after I started we went through Covid which was a huge change in how we practiced. Masks were worn and we moved to telehealth. During that time, I also had my son Huxley who is now 3 years old and recently have gotten married after being postponed due to covid. What keeps me at MHT is the location of my work, the flexible working days and the consideration and fair leave process. What I like best about Jen, my Manager, is her respect and trust for you as a clinician and the autonomy that stems from that.

Emmeline Fooks

I first started working with MHT when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my first child in 2010. What a boss to employ a heavily pregnant person?

  • Why were you attracted to MHT rather than other hand therapy practices?
    I had worked in the public and private sector for many years but was looking for an employer that held the same values regarding patient care as I did. MHT was focussed on patient care not just churning through as many patients as possible. It also had a great team. MHT was the perfect fit!
  • How has MHT changed during the years you've been working there?
    It’s grown so much from only 5 therapists to what it is today. We were using paper records (no computers) and dictating letters. I don’t think we were very tech savvy back then, but chatted regularly over the landline and in person at team meetings. Now we use Microsoft teams and Whats App as well as in person sessions.
  • How has your life changed during the years you've been working at MHT?
    I have had 2 children, renovated my house and welcomed a new puppy into our house. My eldest child was born in my first year at MHT, and is now in secondary school. Both kids have grown up visiting me at work and know all the staff really well.
  • What is it about MHT that is keeping you there?
    It’s a lovely supportive place to work. Lots of interesting work, a great team, and fun times together.
  • Jen has been your boss for a long time. What is it about her engenders loyalty?
    She is so understanding and supportive. With 2 kids, there are always dramas and challenges. She’s always available for a chat or a coffee. I can’t see myself working anywhere else.

Clinical Article byRobin Wilks

The clavicle is also known as the collar bone, which is a S-shaped bone that connects the arm to the sternum, it allows for protection of the blood vessels and nerves originating at the brachial plexus.

Clavicle fractures accounts for 44-66%% of all shoulder fractures, it occurs more frequently in men (68%) and the prevalence of midclavicular and un-displaced fractures are high. Clavicle fractures are most commonly caused by traffic accidents, falling on to an outstretched hand or landing directly on the lateral shoulder can lead to a clavicle fracture.

If you have a suspected clavicle fracture, an x-ray will be taken and you will be screened for possible complications associated with clavicle fractures (nerve injuries, blood vessel and respiratory problems).

If you need surgery, you will wear a sling and limit arm movement to allow for optimal healing and protection of the affected areas.

Your physiotherapist and orthopedic surgeon will assist you with the assessment and rehabilitation process based on the extent of the fracture.

What patients are saying


I have cerebral palsy down the right side and I wanted a hand splint for years and with the hand specialist I saw, she gave me exactly what I wanted.

Excellent therapy from Jennifer. Follow-up in a week. Hand recovering nicely.

Professional and nice!

Pleasant staff and excellent care for my injured shoulder. Would definitely recommend Melbourne Hand Therapy for your hand and upper limb therapy.

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