Hand Therapy Fellowship

Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy

The Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy is a one year position designed to support excellence in hand therapy in up and coming physiotherapists and occupational therapists. You will learn clinical skills from experts in the field, you will be directed in your clinical learning and provided with observation and personal learning time during the work week.


Melbourne Hand Rehab regularly offer paid positions in the Early Career Fellowship in Hand Therapy through Hand Faculty. The Hand Faculty program is delivered in partnership with the AHTA, the national peak body for hand therapy in Australia.


Hand Faculty, Hand Therapy Education logo


One positin will be available for the July 2024 intake.

See below for application details


An average of one day per week will be dedicated to ongoing learning in hand therapy and 4 days clinical load in hand therapy and upper limb.

Karen and Claire discuss the Fellowship in Hand Therapy program.

Fee: No fee for the program is applicable for the successful applicants and additionally, the chosen applicants will be paid a full time wage for their year level according to the award pertaining to private practice.


Value of the program: is $10,400


Venues: The program will be held across our larger clinics.


Learning outcomes: Hand Therapy Certification Commission learning outcomes in hand therapy are used in all programming.


Qualification: No formal certification of any kind is implied or provided.

Program Chart (52w)


1 week (38 hours)

Informal Learning

Observation 48hrs

Directed private study 96hrs

Skill practice 12hrs

156 hours

Formal Learning

Monthly seminar 2hrs

Monthly skills session 1h

Fortnightly case study 1hr

Professional days 2

Weekly mentoring 30m

Weekly tutorial 30m

123 hours

Direct Training

Static splinting (thermoplastic splints, waterproof and plaster casting 28hrs

Soft splinting 4hrs

Dynamic splinting 6hrs

Wound & scar management 4hrs

42 hours


Anatomy hand, wrist & elbow

Common conditions

Sports, musicians, pain, handwriting

Surgical, wounds & scars

Exercises, soft tissue, mobilisation

Applications for the July 2024 program are now open


To apply: Please send a half page letter to Karen Fitt (k.fitt@melbournehand.com.au) as to why you would like to be considered along with a brief CV. Put ‘Fellowship in Hand Therapy’ in the subject line.


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