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The Conference Committee, on behalf of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, invites you to join us at the 2022 AHTA National Conference at the Hyatt Regency Sydney, from 25th - 28th August 2022. This year’s Conference theme is 'Trauma: Hand, Brain, Person'.  The conference will be a hybrid event however we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in-person at the Hyatt Regency.

The conference will include an exciting line-up of expert clinicians and researchers presenting cutting edge presentations and diverse sessions that will ensure therapists take home current practical ideas for clinical intervention and research. We are thrilled to confirm three international highlighted speakers Dr Joy MacDermid, Dr Dave Walton and Val Jones will be joining us virtually from the UK and Canada. We also have two Australian highlighted speakers confirmed in Dr Rosemary Prosser and Dr Lauren Miller who will be presenting face to face in Sydney.

Please join us in Sydney from 25th - 28th August 2022, to learn, be inspired, network with colleagues and enjoy gathering together in-person once again! 

Registrations open Friday 25th March to AHTA AHT Members and will open to AHTA Associate Members on 1st April and to all other delegates on 8th April.

Dr Joy MacDermid

BScPT, MSc, PhD, School or Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Canada. 

Dr. Joy MacDermid is a clinical epidemiologist, physiotherapist, and Distinguished University Professor of Physical Therapy at Western University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, holds a Canada Research Chair in MSK Health Outcomes and Knowledge Translation, and the Dr. James Roth Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation.  Dr. MacDermid’s research focuses on musculoskeletal health, implementation science, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation interventions, sex and gender as determinants of musculoskeletal and work health, and high-risk populations (e.g., firefighters). Her research integrates a biopsychosocial perspective on the determinants of health, design of interventions, and measurement of outcomes. 

Dr Dave Walton

PhD, School of Physical Therapy at Western University, Canada.| Lead Physiotherapist, Sheffield Shoulder And Elbow Unit, UK. 

Dr. David (Dave) Walton is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University (London Ontario, Canada), cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry in the Western Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an Honorary Associate Professor with the Discipline of Physical Therapy at the University of Sydney. He is Co-Director, Innovative Solutions in Spinal Pain, with the CANSpine lab at Western, and an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute. He returned to academia following a 10-year clinical career, where he has become recognized for expertise in pain and quality of life measurement theory, longitudinal modeling of the acute-to-chronic transition and predictors thereof, and knowledge mobilization in rehabilitation. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters, and is co-author of the book 'Musculoskeletal Pain: Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment' from Handspring Publishers (2020). His primary research foci are in neck and spinal pain, trauma-informed care, and clinical outcomes measurement. 

Val Jones

Lead Physiotherapist, Sheffield Shoulder And Elbow Unit, UK. 

Val Jones is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist working at the Sheffield Shoulder and Elbow Unit at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust and also works in private practice. She lectures nationally and internationally about the assessment and rehabilitation of the elbow joint. Val has published in peer reviewed journals and is a previous AHP representative on the British Elbow and Shoulder Society Council, as well as being the current UK national delegate and a member of the education committee for EUSSER. She has organised and presented upon the highly successful Sheffield Elbow course for Physiotherapists and was awarded a prestigious Copeland Fellowship from the British Elbow and Shoulder Society, travelling to Cape Town. 

Dr Rosemary Prosser

Rosemary has been a hand physiotherapist for almost 40 years. Rosemary completed her PhD on wrist diagnostic tests and hand therapy post CMC arthroplasty in 2015. She also has a Master’s degree in hand and upper limb therapy and has held the Certified Hand Therapy credential since 1991. She has given numerous papers at many conferences both in Australia and Internationally.  Rosemary has 10 hand therapy publications and co edited the text, Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation, with Professor Bruce Conolly.  She has been involved in voluntary overseas hand therapy work since 1991 and currently participates in a hand team working annually in Vietnam.  Rosemary has a special interest in the treatment of wrist problems. She is currently also engaged in teaching the undergraduate hand therapy module for physiotherapy students at Sydney University.

Dr Lauren Miller

Lauren is an accredited hand therapist (AHTA) and certified hand therapist (HTCC) with clinical, research and teaching experience.

Lauren completed her PhD on phalangeal fractures in 2016, has published and presented both nationally and internationally, and been an invited journal reviewer. Lauren currently works at the Mudgeeraba Hand Clinic on the Gold Coast, is a volunteer member of the AHTA Research and Scholarship Committee, and has recently joined the Bond University Physiotherapy School as a casual lecturer.

Clare Maple-Brown - Co-Convenor

Kylie Flynn - Co-Convenor

Michael Ward - Secretary & Treasurer

Tracey Clark - Scientific Chair

Liz Ward - Scientific Committee

Ben Bugden - Scientific Committee

Jade Wong - Scientific Committee

Jackie Shannon - Marketing Committee

Vanessa Zweck - Social Committee

Nicole Odewahn - Social Committee

Program now available! 


We are pleased to announce the 2022 AHTA National Conference draft program is out now!
The conference will be held from 25th – 28th of August at The Hyatt Regency Sydney with the pre-conference workshops being held on Thursday 25th of August.

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CPD Hours Guide 

Find below a guide for CPD hours:

16 CPD hours for the conference

7 CPD hours for the pre-conference workshops

6 CPD hours for successful oral presentation, per presentation

3 CPD hours per poster presentation.


Early bird registrations for AHTA AHT members opens 25 March - 12 midday - AEDT, 9.00am AWST, 11.00am AEST and 11.30pm ACDT.

Early bird registrations for AHTA Associate members will open 1 April  12 midday - AEDT, 9.00am AWST, 11.00am AEST and 11.30pm ACDT

Early bird for New Zealand and International Hand Therapists and non-members will open 8 April - 12 midday - AEST, 10.00am AWST, and 12.30pm ACST.

Early bird registrations close on 9 June for in-person and virtual registrations.

Full In-Person Registration

Includes access to:

- all conference sessions including concurrent sessions and workshops (pre-conference workshop is additional cost)

- ticket to the conference party

- network with colleagues and sponsors

- access to presentations post conference via the virtual platform for 30 days post event

Earlybird Regular
AHTA AHT Member $890 $990
AHTA Associate Member $890 $990
HTNZ and International Member $890 $990
Non-Member $1100 $1200

Full Virtual Registration


- access to conference sessions via virtual platform

- access to presentations for 30 days post event

- network online with other delegates and sponsors

Earlybird Regular
AHTA AHT Member $590 $690
AHTA Associate Member $590 $690
HTNZ and International Member $590 $690
Non-Member $800 $900

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Located in the heart of Sydney, The Hyatt Regency Sydney will host Australian Hand Therapy Association National Conference 2022.

Walking distance from luxurious accommodation, 5-star restaurants and many of Sydney's main attractions we trust that your experience at the Hyatt Regency Sydney will be great.



City King Room

The King Room features bathrooms with walk-in showers, spacious workspaces, and modern décor amid 28 - 30 sq m of space

Conference Room Rates 
(available to conference delegates when booked through the registration system)

City King Room including 1 breakfast daily
$295 per night

City King Room or Twin Room including 2 breakfasts daily
$315 per night