Hamish Anderson graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science in occupational Therapy in 1995. After graduating, he worked in New York, and it was here over the next 5 years that he developed his focus on the management of hand injuries. In 2001 he qualified as a Certified Hand Therapist, which is the highest international recognition of hand therapy skills available.
Returning to Australia in 2002, Hamish began his own private hand therapy practice, whilst still working in the public hospital system and becoming the senior hand therapy clinician at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 2007. After taking a sabbatical in 2012 to travel around Australia with his family, Hamish resumed his private practice in Windsor. He has now strengthened his interest in sports medicine further to include working for the Hawthorn Football Club as their resident hand therapist, as well as being the hand and upper-limb research co-ordinator for Mr. Greg Hoy, orthopaedic surgeon.
Anderson Hand Therapy Links
The links below are either places Hamish has a direct association with, or are sites that have reliable information regarding hand therapy and hand injury.
Sporting Hands Blog
A blog dedicated to hand injuries and sport, or sport and hand injuries depending on my mood.
The Melbourne Orthopaedic Group consists of a group of twelve dedicated Orthopaedic surgeons who offer a comprehensive Sports Injury and Orthopaedic service.
Australian Hand Therapy Association Inc.
The Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) is Australia's only professional association representing hand therapists. It provides support for its members through continuing education, professional development, networking and representation at state 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.
e-Hand.com : The Electronic Textbook of Hand Surgery Comprehensive online resource relating to hand anatomy, conditions, treatment and therapy.
American Society of Hand Therapists
ASHT is a professional organization comprised of licensed occupational and physical therapists, some of whom have earned the advanced designation, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), and who specialize in the treatment & rehabilitation of the upper extremity.
Hand Therapy Certification Commission
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.
The Hawthorn Football Club is more than the 2013 AFL premier; it is also the first AFL team to employ a hand therapist.