Hand Therapy Fellowship

Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy


The Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy is a 52-week postgraduate program that provides specialised hand therapy training for early career physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The program is designed to train early career therapists in the practical and pragmatic aspects of working in a primary contact position in private practice. The fellowship provides a structured program of readings, training videos, weekly tasks, mentoring support and tutorials and instils a solid foundation in diagnosis and treatment.

The program is delivered in partnership with the AHTA, the national peak body for hand therapy in Australia.

To participate in this program, individuals must be currently working alongside an experienced practitioner in hand therapy in a clinic or hospital that offers hand therapy.

The program currently runs¬†intakes four times a¬†year ‚Äď in January, April, July and October.

Applications for the July 2024 intake now open

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"The Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) builds rewarding career pathways in hand therapy and is proud to partner with Hand Faculty to deliver this exceptional program."


Program enquiries

The program was previously known as 'The Postgraduate Fellowship in Hand Therapy'.

The program includes:

Knowledge base


Access to 6 modules of Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy learning material:

  • Anatomy & assessment
  • Common conditions
  • Surgical
  • Specialist areas
  • Skills
  • Professional practice

Interactive learning


  • Face-to-face induction
  • Weekly accountability task
  • Regular content upgrades with tutors
  • Weekly tutorial with tutors
  • Fortnightly case study
  • Group chat

Online support & more

  • Administrative support
  • Subscription to Kajabi
  • Three training sessions for fellows workplace mentor
  • One year¬†associate membership subscription with the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Who is suitable for the program?


The Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy is suitable for occupational therapists and physiotherapists who are interested in becoming a hand therapy practitioner.

In order to complete the on-the-job learning component of the program, individuals must be employed in a clinic or hospital unit that employs at least one experienced hand therapist. If a suitable on-site mentor is unavailable in the existing workplace, Hand Faculty may provide off-site mentoring at our discretion. Additional costs apply. Overseas therapists are welcome to apply.

Key elements for participants success

  • Must have¬†a practitioner of hand therapy mentor to work alongside

  • Be self motivated & punctual

  • Have a willingness to learn and appreciate feedback

  • Capacity to spend 2-3 hours a week on learning tasks

  • Have an opportunity to spend a minimum of 1 hour a week observing your mentor or other hand therapists in your workplace

  • Access to splinting materials to practice

  • Availability to attend the (online) fortnightly case study

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Program Outline (52w)


1 week:
16hrs face-to-face induction (2 days) and 22hrs of personal induction tasks


Online Learning

Monthly skills session 1hr

Fortnightly case study 1hr

Weekly tutorial 30m

Weekly learning and accountability tasks via Kajabi

Workplace Learning

Observation 48hrs*

Directed private study 96hrs*

Skills practice 12hrs*

Weekly mentoring

* Recommended


Anatomy hand, wrist & elbow

Common conditions

Sports, musicians, pain, handwriting

Surgical, wounds & scars

Exercises, soft tissue, mobilisation

What does the program cost? 

 $10,400 for the 52 week program
or 12 Monthly instalments of $866.66

Discount of $400 for upfront payment of $10,000 (GST applicable)
30 day money back guarantee (see policy)


Who pays the fees?

Fees may be paid by either the employer or the participant.
Employers and participants may also choose to split the fees.

Apply for the Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy


Application Form

What our participants say

Winnie Ye

Occupational Therapist

Overall the program helped me in becoming more confident with assessing patient conditions and formulating a clear plan of action.

Amanda Zennaro

Occupational Therapist

I feel very lucky to be part of the fellowship program. It has been a really nice way to step into hand therapy gradually while continuing my learning in a more hands on style, which I prefer.

Morgan Klooger

Occupational Therapist

I learnt so much from the fellowship experience. I love coming to work and learning something new every single day.

Have questions?


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