Northern Beaches Hand Therapy
Northern Beaches Hand Therapy is a private hand therapy practice, located within Peninsula Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine on the Northern Beaches. We provide hand therapy for people with disorders of the hand and upper limb, including the provision of splints, casts and assistive devices.

We work closely with consultant hand surgeons, including Drs Mark Hile and Neal Betts, who consult from Peninsula Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. We also encourage referral from general practitioners and physiotherapists, and also welcome patient's attendance without referral.

This practice is staffed by extremely experienced hand therapists, both physiotherapists and occupational therapists, who have been concentrating on treating the hand and upper limb for many years. All employees are full members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Consultations are generally available from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, by appointment. We are happy to liaise with your family doctor, surgeon, insurance company or rehabilitation provider in relation to your management, but will only do so with your prior agreement.

Northern Beaches Hand Therapy is an accredited physiotherapy practice with the Quality in Practice program associated with the Australian Physiotherapy Association. We offer HICAPS for immediate private health fund rebate, and are happy to comply with WorkCover Guidelines for patients injured at work.

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Therapeutic modalities may include:

  • Application of EXOS fracture brace
  • Application and removal of waterproof fiberglass casts
  • Fabrication and fitting of custom made neoprene supports for thumb and wrist
  • Fabrication of leather wrist braces
  • Fabrication of thermoplastic splints, both static and dynamic
  • Desensitisation techniques including vibration, immersion and tapping
  • Electrotherapy modalities, including laser, TENS and ultrasound
  • Ergonomic modifications
  • Exercise therapy, including stretches, strengthening and proprioceptive exercises
  • Functional assessment and advice on activities of daily living
  • Joint protection and energy conservation for arthritis
  • Mobilisation techniques
  • Oedema and wound management, including dressing changes
  • Application of plaster back-slabs
  • Scar management, including application of silicone products
  • Serial casting for joint contracture
  • Sports taping for thumb, fingers and wrist
  • Work and activity hardening
Physiotherapy Practice Accredited
  • Anne Wajon, PhD, CHT

    Principal Physiotherapist
    Anne Wajon
    Anne has been treating hand injuries for more than 20 years. She has experience from working in a variety of hand therapy clinics both overseas and in Sydney. Anne graduated from the University of Sydney in Physiotherapy in 1984, subsequently completing her Masters Degree and PhD on prevention and management of arthritis at the base of the thumb. She has published in the Cochrane Library, Journal of Hand Therapy, Journal of Manual Therapy and the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. Anne is a Certified Hand Therapist, a member or the Australian Hand Therapy Association, and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She currently works at Dee Why by appointment only and consults at the Mater with Dr Mark Hile every second Thursday afternoon. Anne also consults at Macquarie Hand Therapy.

      By appointment only
  • Rebecca Crowley, CHT

    Rebecca Crowley
    Rebecca has been working in hand therapy since 1993, having graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 1988. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Management and had executive roles with the Australian Hand Therapy Association for many years. Rebecca is a Certified Hand Therapist, a member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and currently works in Frenchs Forest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

      Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Cathie Dossetor, CHT

    Rebecca Crowley
    Cathie has been working in hand therapy since 1986, having graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 1982. She gained her initial experience in the management of hand and upper limb conditions through working at the Sydney Hospital Hand unit, and has subsequently worked in both the public and private sectors to expand this knowledge. Cathie is a member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and works at Dee Why on Tuesdays and Fridays.

      Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Kate Pearson, CHT

    Rebecca Crowley
    Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) from the University of NSW in 1983, and then completed a Diploma in Physiotherapy in 1984. She has been working in the area of hand therapy since 1985, and gained much of her early hand and upper limb experience from working at the Sydney Hospital Hand Unit and Sydney Hand Therapy in the late ’80’s. Kate joined the team in 1990, and currently works on Mondays and Thursdays.

      Mondays and Thursdays
  • Angela Frigerio

    Occupational Therapist
    Angela Frigerio
    Angela graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2012. Since that time, she has gained experience in hand therapy while working in Cairns and Brisbane. Angela is a full member of the AHTA.

    Angela has recently moved to Sydney, and we are pleased that she has joined us to consult at both the Dee Why and Macquarie University rooms.

      Mondays and Fridays
  • Heather Taylor, CHT

    Rebecca Crowley
    Heather gained her physiotherapy qualifications in the United Kingdom in 1982. She commenced working in the area of hand therapy in 1984 and has many years of experience from working in both the public and private sectors, in the UK and Australia. Heather has been with the team since 1998, and currently works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

      Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays