For many years, Aussie Hands has been an advocate for the establishment of a register, and over the last two years has been an integral part in the development of the Australian Hand Difference Register. The register commenced in August 2017 and is recording data of children born with a hand difference and/or arm difference.
The register is managed by researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, which is located at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. To begin with, the register will focus on children attending the Royal Children’s Hospital, before being extended within Victoria, and then Australia-wide.
The Australian Hand Difference Register aims to:
- find out how many children are born with a hand/arm difference in Australia
- learn more about possible causes and risk factors
- gain information to help plan and gain funding for future support services
- identify possible participants for future research
The register is currently funded by Aussie Hands and additional funding has been obtained from the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery.
Your donation will assist in the register expanding across Australia.
(Donations $2 or more are tax deductible).