The ALERT Education program at Macquarie University aims to develop and maintain excellence in lymphoedema science, diagnosis, assessment and management. 

The ALERT Education program aims to provide courses and skill-based workshops to health professionals in all aspects of lymphoedema management, from theory to treatment intervention. Content is based on current scientific evidence and the latest in innovative resources and technology. 

Through the ALERT Education program, Macquarie University is the first Australian university to offer lymphoedema education through a continuing development program. The Level One lymphoedema course is endorsed by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), the peak health professional body for lymphoedema in Australia and NZ.

What ALERT Education offers:

Access to the latest in evidence-based information

Through the wider ALERT program, our students have access to the latest in evidence-based information that guides lymphoedema diagnosis, assessment and management. 

The ALERT Research team is currently conducting research in assessment and early detection of lymphoedema, pharmacological and psychological aspects of lymphoedema management and surgical management of lymphoedema through liposuction, lymph node transfer and lymphovenous anastomosis. More information can be found here.

State-of-the-art teaching resources

The ALERT Education team has access to the teaching resources that are part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences programs offered through Macquarie University. 

For example, in our advanced workshop “Innovations in lymphoedema assessment and management: Understanding normal lymphatic anatomy and lymphoedema using ICG lymphography and lymphosomes”, students have access to the faculty anatomy laboratories and sophisticated microscope technology and can see and experience real lymphatic flow in both animal and human models. Further information about this course can be accessed here.

Course delivery by leaders in the field of lymphoedema

Our courses feature a team approach from the ALERT team including Professor John Boyages (radiation oncologist), Associate Professor Hiroo Suami (world leader in lymphatic research) and Dr Helen Mackie (rehabilitation specialist). 

The Level One Lymphoedema Course features three primary course instructors who bring over 50 years of combined experience in lymphoedema management: 

  • Louise Koelmeyer - occupational therapist, lecturer and ALA and NLPR member
  • Sally Kava - occupational therapist, lecturer and ALA and NLPR member 
  • Andrea Mangion - physiotherapist, lecturer and ALA and NLPR member 

The ALERT Education team also utilises the clinical expertise of:

  • Ms Asha Heydon-White – lymphoedema and physiotherapist, member of ALA and NLPR
  • Guest presenters who are experts in their field

Courses offered in 2017

Level one lymphoedema training course (accredited by the ALA)

This intensive nine-day face-to-face course trains health professionals as fully qualified lymphoedema therapists. This level one lymphoedema course is endorsed by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and qualifies health professionals with the professional requirement for treating lymphoedema in Australia and New Zealand. 

2017 dates: 

Tuesday 28 March – Friday 7 April 2017 (eLearning from 13 Feb) - completed 

Tuesday 31 October – Friday 10 November 2017 (eLearning from 18 Sept) – enrolments now open 

Cost: $3456 (GST Inclusive)


Innovations in lymphoedema assessment and management: Understanding normal lymphatic anatomy and lymphoedema featuring ICG lymphography and lymphosomes

This workshop explores lymphatic anatomy utilising the latest evidence in lymphatic imaging techniques, near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging (ICG) and lymphatic territories, lymphosomes. Delivered by Associate Professor Hiroo Suami, world-expert in lymphatic research, clinicians will benefit from learning about lymphatic anatomy from a plastic surgeon who has published widely in this field over the last 10 years.  

2017 dates: 

Wednesday 1 March, 8.30am – 5pm - completed 

Thursday 6 July, 8.30am - 5pm – maximum numbers reached 

Monday 23 October, 8.30am – 5pm – enrolments now open 

Cost: $385 GST inclusive


Innovations in lymphoedema assessment and management: Advanced compression therapy featuring compression bandaging 

This practical workshop focuses on clinical reasoning skills surrounding various compression therapy options used to manage lymphoedema. The emphasis of this workshop is on the clinical reasoning and practical skills required to deliver compression bandaging. Clinicians will be introduced to the Jobst Compri2 compression bandaging system as an alternative to traditional multi-layer bandaging for conservative lymphoedema management. 

Basic theories pertaining to complex lymphoedema therapy (CLT) will be revised with each International Society of Lymphology (ISL) stage of lymphoedema being reviewed. Clinical cases will be presented and discussed in groups to refresh theoretical knowledge and translate it to the clinical context. Students are encouraged to reflect on their clinical expertise and bring a client case study with them to present to the group. 

This course is delivered by Louise Koelmeyer (OT), Sally Kava (OT) and members of the ALERT Education team.

2017 dates: 

Thursday 2 March, 8am – 5pm (Macquarie University, Sydney) - completed 

Friday 5 May, 9.30am – 5pm (Melbourne: ALA Pre-Symposium workshop) - completed 

Friday 21 July, 8am – 5pm (Macquarie University, Sydney) – maximum numbers reached 

Cost: Free - proudly sponsored by BSN Medical. 

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