ABOUT US
Hand Therapists

Jane Aarons:
Occupational Therapist B.App Sc (OT)
Accredited Hand Therapist as Awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 
Jane’s Clinical areas of interest: Rheumatology, Treating: Musicians, Children and Adults with Handwriting Issues, and disorders of the wrist

Jane graduated from Lincoln Institute, Melbourne in 1984 with a B.App Sc (OT). The first 3 years were spent in general rehabilitation at Caulfield Hospital before she left to work in Vancouver Canada. Jane spent the next 7 years working in Vancouver where she developed her Hand and Upper limb expertise working for the Arthritis Foundation and as the senior clinician in Hand Rehabilitation at Lionsgate Hospital before taking on a teaching role at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of  Medicine Department of Occupational Therapy. Here Jane taught aspects of Upper limb Rehabilitation and Ergonomics. She was also involved in setting up the first private Hand Therapy practice in Vancouver in 1993.

On returning to Australia she founded “Peninsula Hand Therapy” on the Mornington Peninsula in 1995 and has continued to develop the practice over the last 20 years. Jane has presented at a number of National and International Conferences on various Upper limb areas of interest  such as Iontophoresis and Arthritis. Jane is also a Volunteer with Interplast Australia a volunteer organisation of Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons and Hand Therapists who assist the development of their speciality services in developing countries. Jane was a key instigator of the first Hand Therapy Unit in Bangladesh.

Samuel Jubber:
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
Practitioner in Hand Therapy
Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association
Member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2004

Samuel joined Peninsula Hand Therapy in 2015 following on from 3 year employment at a busy Melbourne private Hand therapy practice. Prior to this Sam spent time in the UK at the Pulvertaft Hand Centre where he developed his love for Hand Therapy. Whilst in the UK Sam treated to a wide variety of multi-trauma industrial accidents and in conjunction with the surgical team ran a clinic for Needle Fasciotomies for Dupuytrens Disease. Sam was also part of the Pulvertaft Hand Centre’s assistance team that treated trauma victims from the Syrian conflict giving him experience in the management of complex hand trauma.
Sam brings a wealth of knowledge within traumatic wrist injuries having worked under a leading upper limb orthopaedic surgeon. Being a competitive cricketer himself Sam has a special interest in returning people back to sport.

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 1.11.28 PM Dajana Dedic:
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Practitioner in Hand Therapy
Associate Member of the Aust Hand Therapy Association
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia

Member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Dajana completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Monash University in 2013. Dajana had an interest in hand therapy throughout her degree and undertook an additional elective speciality on hand rehabilitation during her degree. Dajana completed her final student fieldwork at Peninsula Hand Therapy and officially joined the team following her graduation. Since finishing her degree, Dajana has completed further study through the Australian Hand Therapy Association having completed a course on the “Fundamentals of Hand Therapy”.

Anne Dillon:
Bachelors in Health Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy
Practitioner in Hand Therapy
Associate Member of Australian Hand Therapy Association
Member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 

Anne graduated La Trobe University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Health Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She developed an avid interest in Hand Therapy after completing a two month placement in the specialty with a busy public hospital. After graduating, Anne built on her experience volunteering in a Melbourne based private Hand Therapy clinic as an assistant until joining the Peninsula Hand Therapy team. Since joining, Anne has taken steps to further her knowledge in Hand Therapy, including completing professional development courses run by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Anne swam competitively in her younger years, and since leaving high school has taken an interest in Triathlons. Remaining fit, healthy and active is very important to her.

Ross Bruce:
Physiotherapist
(Practitioner in Hand Therapy)
DPT, BSc, APAM
Associate of the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Ross completed his Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate qualification in 2013 and started working in busy private physiotherapy practices in the western suburbs of Melbourne. His interest in hands was sparked after his rehabilitation experience with Peninsula Hand Therapy after hand surgery on his own wrist. He commenced working in a busy eastern suburbs hand therapy clinic in 2017 and has recently made the move back down home to the Mornington Peninsula to work at Peninsula Hand Therapy. His physiotherapy background gives him a wide experience into upper limb injuries that he continues to develop through the Australian Hand Therapy Association professional development courses. He is a keen bushwalker, rock climber and scuba diver and enjoys working to return patients to their normal activities and life following injury.

Administration
Our friendly reception team will greet you with a smile and be happy to help you with your queries and bookings:
• Karen Chappel – Practice Manager / Reception
• Lisa Roberts – Reception
• Meg Kiely – Reception