Otago Hand Therapy

Welcome to Otago Hand Therapy, located in Central Dunedin.  We look forward to helping you with your hand, wrist or elbow injury. 

We accept clients from all areas of Dunedin and the wider Otago region, including students and visitors (domestic and international) to the region who are temporarily staying in the City of Dunedin. 

If you are going to be in Dunedin, you are welcome to contact us for an appointment. 

 

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is the specialised assessment and treatment of acute, chronic, trauma and disease conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow.  Hand Therapists treat conditions like: broken (fractured) bones, cut tendons and nerves, amputations, burns, sprains of the wrist and fingers and tennis elbow.  Other non-traumatic conditions that are treated include arthritis, Dupuytrens contracture, hypermobile joints and carpal tunnel syndrome.  Treatment techniques include active and passive exercise programmes, desensitization, strengthening and the use of specific, often custom-made splints to protect, rest and increase range of motion.

 

What is a Hand Therapist?

Hand Therapy is a specialisation  of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy qualifications.  Once an Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy degree is completed, therapists can pursue further post-graduate training at AUT in the Hand and Upper Limb.  A rigourous certification process, including the completion of 1800 clinical hours, submission of a case study and additional course work in splinting then takes place before the title of New Zealand Registered Hand Therapist is earned.

 

Who will be my Hand Therapist?

   

Alison Derbyshire

Beth Mayland

Jayne Didham

Alison Derbyshire is a Canadian-born Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist, registered with the New Zealand Associations of Hand Therapists and Occupational Therapists.  Alison completed her Hand Therapy training in New Zealand and has worked in both private and hospital hand therapy settings (QE Health in Rotorua and Dunedin Public Hospital).  She opened a private clinic in 2007.  Alison is a New Zealand citizen and lives in Dunedin with her husband and two children.

 Elizabeth Mayland (Beth) is a Canadian-born Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist, registered with the New Zealand Associations of Hand Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Beth has worked in Chicago, USA as a Certified Hand Therapist for over 8 years and more recently at the Dunedin Public Hospital in the Hand Therapy unit.  Beth is currently on maternity leave.

 Jayne Didham is a Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist, registered with the New Zealand Associations of Hand Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Jayne has worked at Dunedin Public Hospital in the Hand Therapy Unit for six years.  Jayne now works at Otago Hand Therapy part-time to balance out her family life.