Towards Improved Hand Care in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Establishing a Hand Program in Bhutan

Over the past six years we have been working closely with our Bhutanese friends/colleagues to establish a sustainable hand rehabilitation program for the people of Bhutan.

Our achievements include;

  • Training local doctors in hand surgery techniques and therapy staff in hand therapy knowledge and techniques on our visits to Bhutan (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Teaching three certificate courses to the therapy staff in hand/upper limb anatomy, diagnosis and treatment and rehabilitation techniques (2010, 2012 and 2014)
  • Establishing two dedicated hand therapy clinics
  • Providing medical equipment – Stryker surgical kit, Nerve Conduction Unit and hand therapy supplies and equipment worth approximately $150,000.
  • Supplying a new lap top for the hand therapy clinic and 2 overhead projectors
  • Sponsoring a Microsurgery Fellowship, International conference attendance (3 staff) and surgical/neurological skills training in Adelaide for one orthopaedic surgeon.

Future Goals

Our short and long-term goals include;

  • Providing an ongoing supply of hand therapy equipment and assessment tools (these cannot be purchased in Bhutan)
  • Providing more training and sponsorship of physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons
  • Establishing more hand therapy clinics around the country
  • Sourcing more microsurgical equipment to donate to Bhutan
  • Teaching advanced hand surgery and plastic surgery courses (teaming with Interplast Australia).

To view our fundraising events which have helped raise the vitally needed funds, click on the links below.

(Please note that 100% of donations go directly to the medical work and equipment in Bhutan. Monetary donations over $2.00 are tax deductible through the Southern Adelaide Health Institute – Bhutan Fund.)


"Our team of therapists are all passionate professionals with an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and injuries."