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, and achieved full accreditation as recognised by the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2017.
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. After taking a sabbatical in 2012 to travel around Australia with his family, Hamish resumed his private practice and has now expanded this to 4 independent clinics in Melbourne’s eastern and northern suburbs.
Hamish has a specific interest in sports medicine and complex wrist trauma presenting on both at a national and international level. He has worked directly for the Hawthorn Football Club as their resident hand therapist since 2013 and regularly consults to Tennis Australia and other professional sporting bodies. He is a co-author of two chapters on hand and wrist injury in Brukner and Khan’s “Clinical Sports Medicine 5th Ed”, and is an active researcher with several published papers in well-respected surgical and rehabilitation journals. Hamish is currently the President-Elect of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
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.
Clinical Sports Medicine, 5th ed. Brukner & Khan
Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine is the world-leading title in sport and exercise medicine, and is an authoritative and practical guide to physiotherapy and musculoskeletal medicine for clinicians and students. Hamish co-authored two chapters with hand and upper limb surgeon Mr. Greg Hoy on wrist 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.