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Hand Therapists are registered Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists who, through further education, clinical experience and independent study have become proficient in the treatment of upper limb conditions resulting from injury, disease or deformity

Katie Anjou

Bachelor Applied Science in Physiotherapy
Post Grad Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Full Member of The Australian Hand Therapy Association

Katie qualified as a physiotherapist in 1987 and worked in orthopaedic physiotherapy for 10 years in a variety of hospital, community and private practice settings. In1996, whilst working as the Principal Physiotherapist at Royal Darwin Hospital, Katie began focusing on hand therapy. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation by distance education from Curtin University in Perth in 1999.

In 2003 Katie returned to Melbourne to continue her specialisation at The Alfred Hospital, and in a Hand Therapy private practice. She commenced at St Vincent's Hospital in 2004, where she remains today as the Senior Clinician leading the Hand Therapy Team. Katie supervises junior therapists and students and is a guest lecturer at La Trobe University for undergraduate physiotherapy students.

Katie has a special interest in hand replantation, where an amputated part is surgically put back on. She is currently completing a research project looking at the long term outcomes of single finger replants versus amputations.

Katie has been an integral part of the St Vincent's Hand Transplant team, being the prime therapist rehabilitating Australia's First Hand Transplant, which occurred in March 2011. Katie has presented this interesting and successful case in many forums including the Victorian Surgeons conference and the National Australian Hand Therapy annual conference.

Katie is actively involved in the Australian Hand Therapy Association, being a full member since 2009, and the Victorian Divisional Coordinator for three years. She is highly committed to ongoing professional development attending and presenting at national and international conferences.


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