• To advance the specialty of Hand Therapy.
  • To promote expertise in the treatment of hand and upper limb conditions by therapists.
  • To encourage interchange of techniques and ideas by both occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in this field.
  • To organise seminars and meetings to educate and inform those interested in hand therapy.
  • To foster a link between Hand Therapy New Zealand and the New Zealand Society for Surgery of the Hand.
  • To circulate a regular newsletter informing of recent advances both in New Zealand and Internationally.
  • To promote and facilitate the advancement of education in the field of Hand Therapy.
  • To support undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in Hand Therapy.
  • To advance recognition of and interest in Hand Therapy by other health professionals.
  • To promote and support the interests of members of the group.
  • To do such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objectives.

Executive Information


Kelly Davison

Graduated in 1992 & since then has worked in hospital & private practice in the areas of musculoskeletal & hand therapy. Holds a post graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy. Currently working in a specialist hand & upper limb clinic on the North Shore

Contact Details:

Hands On Rehabilitation,
Level 2, 46 Taharoto Road,

phone: 09 4861501
Email: president(at)nzaht.org.nz


Laura Lyons

Laura graduated as a Physiotherapist from AUT in 2010. From here she lived in Sydney and worked within the hospital setting predominantly in the ICU setting which formed in interest in hands. Laura completed her HAUL course in 2012, her Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation in 2014. She has worked in private practice since 2013.

Contact Details:

The Hand Therapy Group
PO Box 74098


Auckland 1546

Phone: (09) 218 4444
Email: secretary(at)nzaht.org.nz


Kate Ward

Graduated in 2005 with a Bsc(Hons)Physiotherapy through Coventry University. Went on to work in the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal fields in England and here in New Zealand. In 2011 developed a specialist interest in the upper limb while working within the Hand Therapy, Burns and Scar Management Service at Waikato Hospital. Became a Registered Hand Therapist before moving into private practice working at Cambridge Hand Therapy and more recently Anglesea Clinic Hand Therapy. Further advanced her skills through completion of her Clinic Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from AUT.

Contact Details:
Cambridge Hand Therapy

Cambridge Community & Sports Physiotherapy

50 Alpha Street



email: treasurer(at)nzaht.org.nz
phone: 07 8274519

Administrative Assistant

Angela Trotter

The Administrative Assistant provides administration services and co-ordinates membership for the Association. This position acts as a liaison with members, potential members, external clients and related organisations.

Contact Details:

Physical Address

C/- Physiotherapy NZ, Level 6, 342 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Phone +64 4 894 1685
Email: admin(at)nzaht.org.nz

Regional Contacts

The following is a list of HTNZ Regional Contacts


Jane Sweeney (09) 459 5000



Larissa Fisher (09) 415 9101 (Work)


Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Alice Cornforth

(07) 8383798 (Work)



Nike Morton 0800 888910 (Work) or 0272268846


Christchurch/West Coast

Alison Wilding (03) 344 0053 (Work)



Miranda Buhler (03) 470 9347 (Work)