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Welcome to the official website of the New Zealand Association of Hand Therapists

What is the NZAHT Inc?

The New Zealand Association of Hand Therapists (NZAHT) Inc is New Zealand's only professional association representing Hand Therapists. It was established in the 1980s to provide support for its members through education, professional development, networking and representation at regional and national levels. It also acts as a central referral point for doctors and members of the public seeking the services of Hand Therapists in specific geographic locations.

Definition of Hand Therapy

"Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity. It involves evaluation and specific testing to assess the injured limb from which treatment goals can be set. A variety of specialised modalities are utilised to achieve these goals.".

Chai et al (1987) A Role Delineation Study of Hand Therapy. J Hand Ther Vol 1(1)

Hand Therapists are registered Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists who, through continuing education, clinical experience and independent study have become proficient in the treatment of upper extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease and congenital deformity.

 

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