The International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) was formed as a result of the participation of hand therapists in the First Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) in the Netherlands in 1980. Encouraged by Doctors Raoul Tubiana and Yves Allieu from France and Dr Georgio Brunnelli from Italy, the IFSHT was founded with an initial membership of twelve countries.
The First International Congress of IFSHT was held in Tel Aviv, Israel in April 1989, Evelyn Mackin, USA, taking the Presidential Chair, with Jean-Claude Rouzaud, France, appointed the Secretary General. The first Council meeting of IFSHT was held on 13th April 1989 and was attended by delegates from Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa and USA, with observers from Taiwan and the Netherlands
Growth The Federation continued to grow and by May 1992 when the Second Congress of IFSHT was held in Paris, five more countries had also joined. IFSHT continues to grow. The 7th IFSHT triennial congress took place in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 with a record attendance of 513 therapists representing 32 countries demonstrating how far the organisation has come in such a short time.
Recent History Successful congresses have been held every three years around the world. In 2012, IFSHT was registered as a non-profit organisation in Switzerland. IFSHT now has 37 full, 5 associate and 8 corresponding member countries representing all continents in the world. We are also delighted to have 5 commercial members.
Past International Congresses
1989 Tel Aviv, Israel President - Evelyn Mackin, USA
1992 Paris, France President - Evelyn Mackin, USA
1995 Helsinki, Finland President - Jean Claude Rouzard, France
1998 Vancouver, Canada President - Victoria Frampton, UK
2001 Istanbul, Turkey President - Corianne van Velze, South Africa
2004 Edinburgh, Scotland President - Annette Leveridge, UK
2007 Sydney, Australia President - Maggi Persson, Sweden
2010 Orlando, USA President - Judy Colditz, USA
2013 New Delhi, India President - Lynne Feehan, Canada
2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina President - Sarah Ewald, Switzerland
2019 Berlin, Germany President - Anne Wajon, Australia
IFSHT Past Presidents and Sarah Ewald, President Elect
For a summary of the History of IFSHT, please see the attached PDF and do watch the inspiring video from Evelyn Mackin
Reflections of Legends