Active Hand Therapy Clinic Success!

7 January 2020

Active Hand Therapy has had a cracking year! We have opened new clinics and welcomed new team members along the way. 

New Hand Therapy Clinic at Coomera

We have moved into our brand new rooms at Coomera with Shawn McDowell leading the charge. Modelled on a similar layout to Southport, we are loving being apart of this Upper Coomera hot spot. These rooms are now open every day Monday to Friday and service the northern end of the Gold Coast and southern Brisbane. Palm Beach has also extended to an extra day and we have some very exciting plans for the southern Gold Coast next year. 

Exercise Physiologist for upper limb

This year saw us introduce an Exercise Physiologist to the team. With so many patients with severe injuries we found there was a real gap in the next stage of their rehab. Our Hand Therapists would get them better but we needed someone to show them how to grade their programs out in the real world. We have been so impressed with this service - to have a specialist in upper limb rehab guiding this journey makes a huge difference. 

Streamlined referrals 

Our professional approach has sparked an increase in GP requests this year. We get phone calls, questions, patient referrals and the excuse to eat a lot more sushi with education sessions. The team loves being a part of a network of great Health Professionals and this has been a huge positive throughout our clinics this year. 

New Therapist education program

This year we set out with a lofty ambition to provide an impressive education program to our Hand Therapists. It was pretty much the only goal we achieved! With loads more supervision, monthly education sessions and increased attendance at conferences, we feel this is what will drive us to the next level. We also did our fair share of presenting, guest lecturing and study throughout the year. 

Our Awards!

Finalist for Allied Health Practice Excellence

This was by far one of the highlights of the year with the huge calibre of entrants all across Australia. To be a finalist, from our small Gold Coast location was such an honour. Our resume included our novel hand clinics, recognition of expertise, staff education programs and student in-takes. 

Finalist for Occupational Therapist of the Year - David Coles

David, our director, works tirelessly for Active Hand Therapy. His knowledge is astonishing and his good houmour catching. His resume included guest lecturing at multiple universities, accolades for his huge student acceptance programs, presenting at conferences and playing a major role in elite sports rehab. His ability to down a tray of sushi is also legendary. 

Interview by Channel 7 Sports 

Ok David said this one had to go in. Big thanks to Patty Welsh, Sally Pearson and Dani Stevens for their constant support. 

Bond University Student Ambassador 

To be acknowleged for our input in student placements was quite humbling. We love our students and try and provide them with a great placement. Their feedback earnt us a big pat on the back from Bond University this year. And also was the reason we welcomed the legendary Neddy Van Dyck to the team. 


Our Patients

Well, I couldn't talk about clinic success and not talk about the patients. This is what our team works for, this is what it is all about.  We are passionate about getting the best outcomes for our patients through being the best at what we do and listening to what each patient needs. Our clinic had great patient outcomes this year with lots of positive feedback from patients and surgeons a like. 


I hope everyone had a great 2019 and an even better 2020!!

Written by Dee Coles

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