Who we are
We have over 150 years of combined experience in the specialist area of hand therapy in Western Australia.
Founded in 2004, the Hand & Upper Limb Centre provides best practice therapy, research, support and training for all things hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
Our highly qualified and experienced therapists practice in the non-surgical assessment and management of hand, wrist and elbow injuries and disorders.
Treatment methods include splinting, also known as orthoses, exercise, wound care and other non-invasive techniques, as well as joint mobilisations, stretching, and active and resisted exercises to assist in the recovery from injury, surgical operations and hand disorders.
We work closely with a variety of health professionals, including general practitioners, surgeons, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals, to develop the most suitable program for your injury or condition.
All therapists participate in regular education and professional development to ensure you receive the most up-to-date and evidence based treatment techniques and care.
Common treatments we specialise in:
- Fabrication of custom thermoplastic orthoses, commonly known as same day splints
- Prescription of exercise and strengthening programs for both surgical and non-surgical conditions
- Soft tissue treatment
- Desensitisation for sensitive scars and nerve conditions
- Wound and scar management
- Return to work advice
- Management of oedema (swelling)
- Pain management
Our mission is to provide the best hand, wrist, and upper limb occupational therapy service in Australia. We work collaboratively with all parties to ensure optimal outcomes for each patient.
Anita graduated from Curtin University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. After initially working for a short time Perth and Queensland, Anita spent 2 and a half years working in hand and upper limb rehabilitation at world re-known Howard Head Sports Medicine Centre in Vail, Colorado USA.
Anita moved back to Perth in 2008 to work with HULC. After leaving for a short time to live in Melbourne and then run her own small practice in Karratha, Anita returned to HULC in 2014 initially in a coordinator role, then moving to Manager alongside Vicky Allbrook in 2017.
Anita is actively involved in the hand therapy community, regularly attending, and presenting at state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences.
Recent achievements include co-writing and presenting a comprehensive Hand Safety, Prevention and Awareness workshop for BHP with Vicky Allbrook. She also was a co researcher and writer with Kristine Beacham presenting on “Forearm based splinting for TFCC repairs” at the 2020 Congress of the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in Melbourne.
To further hone her managerial skills, Anita has completed a graduate Certificate of Business at Curtin University in 2021.
Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)
Chantelle is a returning HULC trained senior hand therapist and manager of our St John Urgent Care Division.
Chantelle’s career has also included working in Melbourne with Brachial Plexus injuries including post operative management of nerve to nerve and tendon to tendon transfer. Chantelle worked post operative clinics for orthopedic surgeons to elite athletes and major trauma plastic surgeons.
Chantelle has a passion in treating complex wrist pathology and implementing the latest neuroscience findings in hand therapy for pain management strategies.
This year, Chantelle is the AHTA coordinator of the WA division and is looking forward to fostering the education and learning of hand therapists across Western Australia.
Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) in Occupational therapy from Curtin University in 2018. Throughout his study, Ben became passionate about hand and upper limb rehabilitation and solidified his interest during his student placement at HULC in 2017.
Upon graduation, Ben spent a brief period working in a private soft tissue clinic before transitioning to the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in early 2018.
Ben is active within the hand therapy community, regularly attending Hand interest groups run by the Western Australian Occupational Therapy Association and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Ben is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
Cassandra Di Carlo
Cassandra graduated from Curtin University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy.
Cassandra became inspired to pursue a career in hand and upper limb rehabilitation early in her studies. Her keen interest in anatomy, continuous learning and evidence-based practice led her to joining the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) team in mid-2021.
Cassandra has been an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends Hand Interest Group meetings, run through Orfit Industries, HandSpark and the WA Occupational Therapy Association. Cassandra is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) and is working towards full membership.
Claire graduated from Curtin University in 2020 with First Class Honours in Occupational Therapy.
Claire’s interest in hand therapy began in university and solidified during her student placement which took place at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC). Following graduation, Claire worked with individuals with disability before joining the HULC team in mid-2021.
Claire is an active member within the hand therapy community, attending hand interest groups run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA and Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Claire is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards full membership.
Claudia graduated from Curtin University in 2021 with First Class Honours in Occupational Therapy.
Claudia developed a keen interest for hand therapy during her degree. Following graduation, she spent a brief period working rurally in a private hand therapy clinic before joining the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in early 2022.
Claudia is passionate about furthering her education and is active within the hand therapy community, attending hand interest groups run by the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) and Occupational Therapy Association of WA. Claudia is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.
Dana graduated with Honours from Curtin University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Dana became passionate about hand therapy during her practical placement at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in 2016. After graduation, Dana retuned to HULC as a volunteer to assist with research. Dana made a big impression and subsequently joined the HULC therapy team as a full time Therapist in mid-2017. After completing her training in Perth, Dana moved to the beautiful Southwest to work in the Bunbury and Busselton Clinics. Dana has now returned to work in HULC’s Perth clinics full time.
Dana is an active member of the Hand Interest Group, run by the Occupational Therapy Association of WA. Dana is an Associate Member of AHTA and is working towards her full membership.
Emily graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Emily became passionate about hand therapy during her two practical placements as a student in private practice hand therapy and at Fremantle Hospital. After finishing her degree, Emily continued to study and volunteer at Brightwater Care Group in neurology and hand therapy, before joining HULC in 2015.
Emily works at HULC’s Subiaco and Claremont clinics, runs Final Assessment clinics with our principle surgeon and is a part of the Dupuytrens clinic at HULC. Emily is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as Hand Interest Group Meetings (run through the WA Occupational Therapy Association). Emily is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) and is currently working towards her full membership.
Evelyn Della Franca
Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 2019. Evelyn became interested in hand and upper limb rehabilitation during her university studies and final university practicum at the HULC South West clinics in early 2019.
Evelyn worked in vocational rehabilitation as a new graduate assisting injured workers return to work. During this time, Evelyn gained invaluable exposure to the workers compensation system in Western Australia and various treating parties throughout the South West region.
Evelyn’s passion for working closely with clients to facilitate performance in activities of everyday life led her to pursue a clinical role, returning to HULC and joining the South West team in late 2021.
Georgia graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with honours in 2021.
Georgia has always had a keen interest in a career in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, with her passion growing during her final 8-week University practical placement at HULC’s Bethesda site. Georgia joined the HULC team after finishing her placement in November 2021.
Georgia is passionate about furthering her learning in the area and has completed many professional development courses through the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA), American Society of Hand Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).
Georgia is active within the hand therapy community, attending interest groups run by AHTA. Georgia plans to become an Associate Member of the AHTA and will be working towards full membership.
Heather graduated from Curtin University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, and joined HULC’s South West team in mid-2018.
Heather has been interested in hand therapy throughout university, becoming particularly passionate about the area following a student placement in the plastics and hand therapy unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2017.
Heather is an active member of the hand therapy community, attending hand interest group meetings run by both the WA Occupational Therapy Association and the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Heather is an Associate Member of the AHTA, working towards full membership.
Jan became part of our invaluable HULC administration team in 2015. Following many years’ experience working in general practitioner practices, Jan’s new role as Lead Administrator at our Murdoch clinic has utilised her desire to help people in the community and work within a friendly and efficient team environment.
Jasmyn graduated from The University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2011. While gaining experience in the health care setting Jasmyn developed an interest in occupational therapy and returned to study at Curtin University, graduating with a Master of Occupational Therapy mid 2016.
Jasmyn’s interest in hand therapy evolved from her student placements which took place in the hand therapy unit at Fremantle Hospital and the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC). Following her graduation Jasmyn joined the HULC team as a fulltime hand therapist. In mid 2017 Jasmyn relocated to Darwin where she continued working in hand therapy and gained invaluable experience in a semi-rural setting. Jasmyn returned to Perth in 2018 and was welcomed back by the HULC team.
Jasmyn is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) state meetings. Jasmyn is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.
Jess graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (Honours). Jess started working at HULC in 2021 as an Allied Health Assistant until she received her registration. She is currently working hard to publish her thesis surrounding the implementation of student-led special interest groups for occupational therapy students at Curtin University.
Jess’ interest in hand therapy sparked when her dad was involved in a motorbike accident and required extensive hand and upper limb rehabilitation, which Jess attended with him. Jess’ passion developed further after completing courses through WA Occupational Therapy Association and a practical placement at the fast-paced Fremantle Hospital Hand Therapy Clinic in 2021. Throughout her degree, Jess has worked in the public sector gaining skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, neurological conditions, home modifications, equipment prescription and aged care.
Jess is looking forward to continuing to develop her skills in the hand therapy field at HULC and work towards her full AHTA membership.
Jennie joined the HULC team in 2016. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and extensive administration experience, Jennie’s friendly face and nurturing disposition makes her the perfect person to greet you when you arrive at HULC.
Having spent over 10 years in a variety of primary carer roles, Jennie recently re-entered the workplace, finding HULC to be the perfect workplace to showcase her organisational skills within a busy team environment.
Jess De Jong
Jess graduated in 2014 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Occupational Therapy, and joined the HULC team in 2015.
Jess’s interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation followed a student placement in the state trauma unit of Royal Perth Hospital.
Jess is currently part of HULC’s Dupuytren’s Contracture team and is involved in clinical based research.
Jess is an active member of the hand therapy community and is currently a subcommittee member of the state branch of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). She helps to coordinate AHTA meetings, along with regularly attending various AHTA meetings and courses. Jess is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is working towards her full membership.
Jo-Anne has only recently joined the HULC team. She has come from a background of working for a large health insurance organisation. Previously she worked reception and marketing for a large multi site company which relied on a great product and excellent customer service. Jo-Anne is very passionate about customer service and excellent on going care for patients.
Josh graduated with Honours in his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University in 2019. Josh’s interest initially sparked with a chronic injury to his hand when he was completing his year 12 studies and went to see an Occupational Therapist as he opted for conservative management, due to upcoming WACE exams. This interest became a passion as it was solidified in his final student placement at HULC in 2019.
After an initial period with HULC in 2020, he worked with Kalgoorlie Health Campus and worked across hand therapy, medical and surgical wards, day therapy unit, home visiting, community and paediatrics. Josh came back to HULC in late 2020, and has been with us since, working mainly in our Bethesda clinic.
Josh is active within the Hand therapy community, attending Hand interest Group meetings run by WAOTA, and is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
Kristine originally studied at Curtin University of Technology and gained a Bachelor of Primary Education, before teaching in the United Kingdom.Kristine then decided to pursue a career change and commenced her Masters in Occupational Therapy at New York University, USA, before returning home to Perth and completing her studies at Curtin University of Technology in 2007.
Kristine began working at HULC in 2008 and has been actively involved in research during this time. Kristine was involved in a wrist fusion study and presented the findings at the National Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) Conference in 2008. Kristine also contributed to the research on trapeziometacarpal surgeries, the findings of which were presented at the 2015 Western Australian Society of Hand Surgeon’s annual scientific meeting.
Kirstine is also the HULC Student Coordinator and works closely with both Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities to provide the next generation of hand therapists with strong foundations to excel in the profession.
Kristine is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending and presenting at state AHTA meetings. Kristine is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as Awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association).
Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)
Kymberly joins the HULC team after completing her Bachelor of Science Occupational Therapy at ECU in 2021.
She has 9 years experience working as an allied health assistant in OT and PT working in areas mental health, palliative care and gerontology. Kymberly comes to the HULC team after completion of her hand therapy placement at a private hands and upper limb clinic.
Kymberly is an active member of the hand therapy community attending professional development courses and meetings through AHTA as well as hand interest groups with WAOTA.
Le graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2007. She began her career in the public sector outpatients before migrating to private practice where she actively managed a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in the heart of the CBD.
Over the years of her practise, she has developed a strong base for acute and chronic sports injures, postural/ergonomic strains, post op rehabilitation, exercise prescription and pilates rehabilitation.
Le has a wealth of experience in managing neck and upper limb injuries. Her passion for hand therapy stemmed from her University years after a hands placement at Royal Perth Hospital. She has since furthered her studies over the years in post graduate Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Mulligans Mobilisation techniques, dry needling, Cervicogenic headache management through Watsons Headache Institute, Kinetic Link Training with Wayne Rogers, Polestar Pilates for exercise rehabilitation and various seminars with the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Le’s extensive knowledge in managing complex upper limb and neck injuries will complement the wonderful team of specialist hand therapist in HULC to provide and achieve optimal client outcomes.
Natasha has been with HULC for over three years. She has 7 years reception experience in various health clinics. Natasha previously worked as a qualified veterinary nurse before switching to human health. Natasha enjoys the front desk atmosphere, getting to know the patients and being the friendly face of the business.
Rosanne graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy). She became interested in exciting field of hand therapy through the duration of her studies, with her passion increasing following a practicum placement with HULC during her final year of studies.
Rosanne also gained further experience in the hands field during her final placement at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in their fast-paced hand therapy clinic. Following the completion of her studies, Rosanne was excited to re-join the HULC team, initially as an Allied Health Assistant, then as an Occupational Therapist.
Rosanne is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending hand interest groups run through the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). She has also participated in several professional development opportunities through AHTA, WA Occupational Therapy Association, and Hand Spark. Rosanne is an associate member of the AHTA, with a goal of attaining full membership.
Samantha McLaughlin is one of the recent Admin staff to join the HULC Team. Samantha has returned south with her family after living in Kununurra for 6 years working in recruitment and then the Specialist Department of Kununurra District Hospital. Sam prides herself on being the first point of contact for our HULC patients in Murdoch and enjoys delivering friendly, efficient, and compassionate care to all clients of HULC.
Sarah graduated from Curtin University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008. Sarah spent the next two years working in upper limb rehabilitation in private practice in Perth before moving to Melbourne, where she worked for the public health sector in the hand therapy/plastics department of the Alfred Hospital, and in private practice at Melbourne Hand Rehabilitation. Sarah returned to Perth in 2012 to join the HULC team as a Senior Occupational Therapist.
In 2014 Sarah travelled to the United Kingdom to work for the National Health Service (NHS) at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington – part of the Imperial College Trust. Here she worked as a Senior Hand Occupational Therapist for the plastic and orthopaedic teams, as well as in the major trauma unit for North West London. Sarah returned to Perth in 2015 to re-join the HULC team. She currently manages the day-to-day running of our Bethesda clinic and was also recently promoted to Assistant Manager.
Sarah has a special interest in the impact of hand injuries in the work place and has presented to major companies such as Chevron, Rio Tinto and SGIO on this topic. She was also invited to present at the 2012 Australasian Rheumatology Conference on ‘Hand Therapy Interventions for Arthritis’.
Sarah is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends local and national meetings. Sarah is a representative on the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) subcommittee and is working towards her full membership.
Tahliya graduated from Curtin University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in occupational therapy. Tahliya's interest in hand therapy sparked throughout her university studies with her interest in anatomy and assisting people to get people back to their usual activities safely.
Tahliya completed her final year practicum at The Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) which solidified her interest in the area. Upon graduation, Tahliya worked in private hand therapy for a year, she then moved to the hospital setting to gain a broader Occupational Therapy experience and worked across surgical, medical, and outpatient settings. It wasn't long before Tahliya started to miss hand therapy and is now excited to be back in the area with HULC.
Tahliya is an active member of the hand therapy community, regularly attending hand interest groups run through the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA). Tahliya has also participated in several professional development opportunities through AHTA, WA Occupational Therapy Association, and Hand Spark.
Tim graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational therapy. In 2021, Tim joined HULC as an Occupational Therapist.
Tim attended HULC with a friend following a complex multi-trauma hand injury and discovered their passion for hand therapy. They studied occupational therapy with the intent of becoming a hand therapist following the completion of their studies. They have completed a hand therapy placement at Fremantle Hospital, and worked in the public sector for neurological rehabilitation within the home.
Tim has previously completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries, which they find invaluable in fabricating splints for the variety of conditions seen in clinic.
Tina joined HULC in 2013 as Administration Team Leader and works across both office/business administration. Tina has specialised in the field of health administration since moving to Australia from Ireland in 2008. Her calm yet efficient personality ensure the HULC systems are as well-organised as her team!
Victoria graduated from Curtin University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, Victoria moved to Melbourne, where she worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation. Victoria specialised in workplace assessments, functional capacity evaluations and focusing on achieving positive return-to-work outcomes for patients with a range of physical and psychological injuries.
In 2014 Victoria completed a post-graduate unit through Monash University in Advanced Hand Therapy Theory, Principles and Practice. In January 2015 Victoria joined HULC after relocating to Perth, where she is part of our medico-legal assessment team and runs final assessment clinics with our principle surgeon.
Victoria is an active member of the hand therapy community and regularly attends state and national Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) meetings and conferences, as well as Hand Interest Group Meetings (run through the WA Occupational Therapy Association).
Victoria is currently on Maternity leave.
Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association)