Rosemary Gospel B.App.Sc. O.T, CHT,
Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the AHTA), Full Member AHTA, Member OTA
Rosie Gospel is a fully qualified and registered Occupational Therapist (OT) and has attained Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) status - having passed the prestigiious Hand Therapy Certification Commission criteria (USA).
Rosie graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and then completed the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and went on to teach undergraduate Occupational Therapy students as an Associate Lecturer for two years. From 2005 she has worked almost exclusively with hand-injured patients in the public and private sector in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and the UK. She has worked in Senior and Advanced Hand Therapy roles in major teaching hospitals.
Rosie is passionate about continually growing her knowledge and skills to best help people with an upper limb injury or condition. She has attended 16 conferences related to hand therapy and was a co-author of a letter to the editor in ANZ Journal of Surgery - “Management of recurrent carpal tunnel disease with reverse radial forearm fasciocutaneous flap and external neuroloysis” (2016).
Rosie has completed twenty two courses related to upper limb rehabilitation and has fourteen years experience in treating the following:
- Traumatic Injuries of the elbow, wrist, thumb & fingers- Fractures, tendon lacerations, ligament strains and tears, muscle or nerve repairs, burns, surgical flaps, brachial plexus injuries. ROsie has presented at a State hand therapy conference on the management of Zone I and II flexor tendon injuries.
- Overuse Injuries – For example: Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis using many techniques such as "Soft Tissue Injury Management” techniques, deep dry needling (GemT trained), kinesio-taping, postural re-training, activity adaptation and ergonomic equipment advice.
- Rheumatological Conditions- Worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital OT Hand Therapy Department specialising in treating hand arthritis. Invited speaker at the Arthritis Foundation on Scleroderma. Rosie has a special interest in treating base of thumb OA.
- Wound Management- Rosie has worked closely with wound nurses in tertiary hospitals and applies best practices to heal different wounds. She can provide suture removal using aseptic techniques. She has attended multiple advanced training course in this area.
- Moblising and Static Orthoses (splints)-Fabricates the full array of orthoses to rest, traction or support an area as required using thermoplastics, neoprene, lycra and leather.
- Pain- Special interest treating people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or other persistant pain states. Rosie has kept up to date by regularily attending pain management conferences, including six courses on treating pain. She has presented on this topic twice at a State level.
- Neurological Conditions: Worked at an acquired brain injury unit and a spasticity clinic which offered Botox, splinting, casting and prescribing individualised home exercise programs for people with a neurological condition effecting the upper limb i.e. post stroke, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy. Trained in Bioness H200 devise for hand spasticity.
- Research– Quantitative research methods and comprehensive systematic review training from the Johanna Briggs Institute (JBI). Currently taking names for a Dupuytren’s Disease of the hand research project (must be pre-surgery or at least 1 year post surgery to participate).
- Burns & Scar Management- Rosie has worked in children and adult burn wards and with outpatient plastics and burns clinics i.e. fitting compression garments, using contact media, massage techniques, splinting and exercises for scarring on the face, arms, torso and legs. Rosie has completed courses in burns and scar management.
“I feel it is a privilege to be able to work as an Occupational Therapist and a Hand Therapist and help people live their best lives possible”.