Speaking Engagements

Suzanne Caragianis and the SA Hand Therapy team regularly speak at workshops and conferences. If you would like Suzanne or other members of the SA Hand Therapy team to speak at your event, please enter your details in our contact form or call us on (08) 8277 9667.

Previous Speaking Engagements

11th August 2018

Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Conference

Address: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, 42 Pioneer Avenue, Rowland Flat, SA 5352

Suzanne Caragianis Presenting: Work related upper limb disorders & risk factors in Dental Hygienists

Suzanne was invited to speak at the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia conference on 11th August 2018 in the Barossa. She spoke for 1 hour on Upper limb injuries and risk factors and management for dental hygienists. The talk was well received with many of the participants practising their nerve gliding manoeuvres at dinner in the evening to the amusement of many. Given the physical demands and repetitive nature of their work prevention and early intervention is essential.


19th May 2018

2018 Sports Medicine in General Practice Conference

Address: Tennyson Centre, 520 South Rd, Kurralta Park, SA 5037

Suzanne Caragianis Presenting: Elbow, Wrist, Hand & Fingers from an OT Perspective

Suzanne spoke at the 2018 Sports Medicine in General Practice Conference on Saturday 19th May. She spoke about the importance of managing acute hand injuries early and correctly to avoid delayed recovery or instability or permanent loss of movement if not managed correctly. She also spoke about custom making thermoplastic splints for patients with tendon and ligament injuries to the hand and hand fractures.


18th November 2017

Teaching GP courses in Pt Lincoln and Ardrossan

Address: Port Lincoln Hotel, 1 Lincoln Hwy, Port Lincoln SA 5606 and Ardrossan Hotel, 36 First Street, Ardrossan SA 5571

Suzanne Caragianis Presenting: Have a Crack at it! Treating Common Hand and Lower Limb Injuries and Fractures

Suzanne continues with her quest to educate country GP’s and physiotherapists by teaming with SAPMEA and PHN country SA to present “Have a Crack at it! Treating Common Hand and Lower Limb Injuries and Fractures”. Dr Paul van Minnen, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon has teamed up with Suzanne to teach local clinicians how to assess and treat hand and arm injuries. Suzanne and Dr van Minnen presented on 18th November in Port Lincoln and on 2nd December in Ardrossan. The talks were well received and the participants demonstrated increased skills and were very entertained by Dr van Minnens incredible surgical expertise!


6th October 2017

Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine

Address: Crowne Plaza, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine was held in Adelaide on 6th – 8th October. Suzanne and Darcy were invited to speak on ginger, hand and wrist injuries, diagnosis and conservative management. We were followed by our colleague Dr Philip Griffin on surgical management of common hand and wrist conditions. It was a successful day which stimulated a lot of discussion especially around cortisone injections and splinting for DeQuervains tenosynovitis.


24th June 2017

SASMA 2017 Sports Medicine for General Practice

Address: Tennyson Centre, 520 South Kurralta Park, SA 5037

Suzanne spoke at the Sports Medicine conference run by SASMA for GPs on Saturday 24th June with Dr Elizabeth Clisby from Wakefield Sports Clinic, on acute injuries to the fingers hand and wrist and the best evidence treatment approach. The talk was well received and we feel GPS will have a better handle on early hand management.


8th May 2017

Royal Australian College of Surgery’s (RACS) National Conference

Address: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Michael Janetzki was recently invited to speak at the Royal Australian College of Surgery’s (RACS) national conference for 2017. The annual meeting focused on numerous interesting and exciting topics relating to surgical intervention. Our practice was invited to contribute to an afternoon session focused on neuropathic pain. In conjunction with numerous specialists in this area, Michael presented a case study depicting current hand therapy approaches for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) following surgical intervention for the upper limb. CRPS is complex pain condition, which can occur following hand and wrist surgery, and trauma such as fractures or crush injuries.

SA Hand Therapy has a specific interest, and passion, for treating complex pain conditions following hand and upper limb surgery, and this presentation demonstrated how things have changed and evolved to incorporate modern pain science, with specialist hand therapy practice. The Adelaide Convention centre was brimming with delegates from all over the country, and we were delighted to have been invited to contribute to the scientific program in this challenging and, we think, important area of clinical pain management.


13th June 2016

Speaker on ABC 891 South Australia 
Morning program with Ali Clarke

Address: 85 North East Road, Collinswood, SA 5081

Suzanne Caragianis Presenting: A snapshot of her hand therapy journey, the SA Hand Therapy practice and the history and work she and some of her colleagues undertake in Bhutan.

Radio Caller: "Suzanne Caragianis is the most wonderful hand therapist and caring person. (personal experience). She really needs greater financial support for the volunteer work she does in Bhutan on a regular basis. She will surely be an angel in the next life." Julie


7th June 2016

Unley Rotary Club

Address: 130 Unley Rd, Unley, SA 5061

Suzanne Caragianis Presenting: Joined with Dr. Tim Proudman discussin g‘Helping Hands in Bhutan” project and Interplast and Rotray Aust/NZ in further developing this work and extending the scope and sustainability of this project to plastic Surgery and Burns.

View a PDF of Unley Rotary Bulletin.


14th May 2016

Australian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine – Annual Conference

Suzanne Caragianis Presenting: Complex upper limb management.


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