Special interests:

  • Colleen has a passion for treating “hand trauma” This is where she started her career as a treating hand therapist at the Alfred Trauma and Burns units almost 25 years ago. Hand therapy plays such a vital role in the outcome of hand surgery and recovery from hand injury.
  • Colleen values the importance of clinical assessment, formulation of a treatment plan and regular hand therapy in achieving a successful result. Her nursing background adds extra value with specialist knowledge in wound care management.
  • Colleen also enjoys treating fractures and sporting injuries understanding the client goal of returning to their sport as soon as possible.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy 1995
  • General Nurse Div1 1987 (current APHRA registration)
  • Certified Hand Therapist

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Achievements:

Colleens most recent achievement is to be awarded the title of Certified Hand Therapist in 2017. This involved passing a comprehensive exam which recognizes an advanced level of professional knowledge, competency and clinical skills in Hand Therapy. It is an internationally recognized qualification.

Memberships:

  • Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)
  • Full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association
  • Member of Australian Occupational Therapy Association

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Bio

I am very fortunate to be working in the area of Hand therapy and making a difference. People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury , accident or disease process can have a devastating effect. Providing the best treatment ensures maximal recovery and is so rewarding. I enjoy the creative aspect of making orthotics and problem solving and also the science of hand therapy. Throughout my career I have found there is always more to learn about the intricate anatomy of the upper limb and the latest in surgery and treatment techniques.