Jo is a fully qualified Occupational Therapist who has specialised as a hand therapist since 2000. She is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association), and a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT, USA) having passed the Hand Therapy Certification Commission criteria.
Following graduation as an Occupational Therapist from the University of South Australia in 1997, Jo rapidly developed a broad experience base working throughout Australia in the community and acute health care sectors.
During a working holiday in the UK she discovered her interest in Hand Therapy, and was fortunate to secure roles in leading teaching hospitals working alongside respected hand therapists and surgeons.
Jo has undertaken post graduate Hand Therapy study, is a Certified Hand Therapist (USA) and full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, and the American Society of Hand Therapists. She has presented papers to hand therapy and surgery colleagues at the state and national level.
Continually developing her skills by attending national and international conferences and courses, Jo maintains a leading role in hand therapy provision in SA. And she passionately shares her knowledge as an invited clinical expert lecturer (hand & upper limb) to Masters students at the school of Occupational Therapy at Flinders University, SA.
Combining her wealth of experience and enthusiasm for hand therapy and doing so in the beautiful Adelaide Hills is a dream realised for Jo. As is the ability to donate regularly to local and international charities.
Jo has a special interest in the treatment of base of thumb arthritis, and complex upper limb trauma including brachial plexus and upper limb nerve injuries.
What a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is
A CHT is an occupational therapist or physiotherapist who has substantial clinical experience in hand therapy and has passed a comprehensive exam of advanced clinical skills and theory.
The Certified Hand Therapy credential offers assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field. Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC).
What an Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) is
An AHT is an AHPRA registered physiotherapist or occupational therapist who has been awarded the title by meeting strict criteria based on past and current experience in treating shoulder, elbow and hand clients, professional development, conduct and assessment.
For more information about what is involved; click on link to www.ahta.com.au.