Education

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), Dr Helen Mackie (rehabilitation specialist) and leading lymphoedema therapists.

The Level One Lymphoedema Course features three primary course instructors who bring over 55 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 

Our Level One Lymphoedema students also benefit from Associate Professor Hiroo Suami delivering lecturers on lymphatic anatomy.

The ALERT Education team also utilises the clinical expertise of:

  • Ms Asha Heydon-White - lymphoedema physiotherapist, member of ALA and NLPR
  • Ms Robyn Ricketts - lymphoedema occupational therapist
 
 

Courses offered in 2018

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.

2018 dates: 

Tuesday 13 March - Friday 23 March (excluding 17-18 March.) ELearning from 29th January 2018. Enrollments now open

Tuesday 30 October - Friday 9 November (excluding 3-4 November). ELearning from 17 September 2018.

Cost: $3,240 (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.

2018 dates:

Due to renovations in the teaching and anatomy laboratory space, the first workshop is planed for July 2018. Dates are yet to be announced.

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