Ben Cunningham – Director of Action Rehab

Ben Cunningham

Director – Member Of The Australian Hand Therapy Association

Ben Cunningham is currently the hand therapist at Melbourne Football Club (AFL) and the director of Action Rehab.

Ben is an Occupational Therapist and has over 20 years’ experience providing hand and upper limb therapy, including working in the United Kingdom at the Queen Victoria Hospital and as the senior clinician at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

Since graduating in 1996 Ben has been working in the area of Hand Therapy and completed a postgraduate Masters of Clinical Science (Hand & Upper Limb) through Curtin University in 2006. Ben is currently a Lecturer at Monash University where he has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy students.

Ben is an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association and has previously served as the divisional representative for Victoria on the management committee. Ben regularly presents on shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist conditions to fellow therapists, General Practitioners, Doctors and Surgeons both locally and interstate. Ben has taught both here in Australia and overseas on shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand trauma, anatomy and biomechanics.

Through his previous role at Collingwood Football Club and his current position with Melbourne Football Club and Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre Ben has treated a wide variety of sports related hand, wrist and elbow trauma. Ben has led the way in the treatment of complex intra-articular fractures in the wrist, hand, thumb and digits, presenting at national and international conferences. Ben is highly experienced in wrist injury and has worked with athletes restoring wrist core stability allowing them to return to sport.

Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Masters in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation, MClin Sci (Hand & Upper Limb)

Accredited Hand Therapist – As awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association

Member of Sports Medicine Australia

Member of the Melbourne Football Club

Member of Occupational Therapy Australia