Here is a roundup of the hand therapy conferences attended by our director, Dr. Anne Wajon, in 2017. Anne is currently President of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT).
2017 was a very busy year for Anne. She found herself travelling the world attending a range of hand therapy conferences, where she met with some wonderful experts in the field. Here’s a quick rundown of where she went, what she saw and who she met.
21-24 June 2017 – Anne attended the EFSHT/EFSSH meeting in Budapest
Anne used the opportunity to meet the with organising committee for the next IFSHT congress. She joined Beate Jung, co-chair of the scientific committee, at the closing ceremony to invite all present to attend the Triennial IFSHT Congress in Berlin in 2019.
June 2017 – Anne visited a hand therapy clinic in Prague
Anne Wajon visited Milada Cincerova at her clinic in Prague following the meeting in Budapest. She was travelling with her hand therapist daughter, Sally, and they enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Milada and her team of therapists. They discussed the management of CMC joint osteoarthritis, as well various management approaches for complex patients.
October 12, 2017 – ASHT Annual Conference at Anaheim Marriott
Anne attended the ASHT meeting, and met with the Australian contingent of hand therapists who attended.
She particularly enjoyed learning some new approaches to proprioceptive retraining for patients following wrist injuries.
7-10 November 2017 – Attendance at Asia Pacific Hand Therapy Meeting, Cebu, Philippines
Anne attended the Asia Pacific Federation for Societies for Hand Therapy (APFSHT) meeting in Cebu. She presented at the official ceremonies of the therapy meeting, and provided a talk on conservative management of CMC osteoarthritis.
Anne enjoyed meeting the current president and delegate of IFSHT, Seiji Nishimura from Japan, and Jose Ramos, delegate from Philippines.
She also enjoyed demonstrating t0 Don Lalonde how to fabricate relative motion splints out of Orficast, a waterproof thermoplastic material.
19-25 November, 2017 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Anne ran a two-day course for local physiotherapists on management of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis with Cathy Merry, organised by the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association (CPTA). They visited various hospitals to assist local therapists in providing therapy for complex conditions. She attended the Cambodian Surgical Society meeting and ran a workshop on application of plaster casts following flexor tendon repairs.