MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lymphoedema Clinic

Advanced compression therapy

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.

Register interest

Please note: ALERT Education has a strict cancellation/no show policy. Although the workshop is free to attend, cancellation or no show with fewer than 2 business days' notice will incur a $70 administration fee. If incurred the administration fee will be charged via Tax Invoice to the nominated workplace address on your registration form.

Course content

Learning objectives  

At the conclusion of this one day workshop, lymphoedema practitioners will be able to:

1. enhance clinical reasoning by exploring how different compression options can be utilised with consideration of individual client needs and tissue needs at each stage of lymphoedema

2. describe compression therapy options in the context of lymphoedema best-practice management. Explore when best-practice management may require alteration.

3. describe the Law of LaPlace and how it is used in compression bandaging for lymphoedema

4. describe the Revised Starling’s principle of equilibrium. Relate theories of microvascular fluid exchange to aims of compression therapy.

5. describe how the Jobst Compri2 compression bandaging system works

6. apply and critique the Jobst Compri2 bandaging system for arm and leg lymphoedema

7. create and report on a client case study. Rationalise the various compression therapy modalities.

Key competencies

  • Can describe the stages of lymphoedema
  • Can prescribe appropriate compression systems based on lymphoedema stage and individual client factors
  • Can describe when Jobst Compri2 or Jobst Compri2 lite bandaging is appropriate under ILF Best Practice guidelines
  • Demonstrate competent application and critique upper limb Jobst Compri2 lite bandaging for arm lymphoedema
  • Demonstrate competent application and critique lower limb Jobst Compri2 bandaging for leg lymphoedema
  • Can describe how to integrate Jobst Compri2 bandaging system into the clinical setting and its advantages/disadvantages compared to standard multi-layer bandaging system
  • Increased self-reported confidence in the theory and practical application of compression therapy modalities, with a focus on compression bandaging
  • Competency in patient case study analysis pertaining to compression bandaging prescription

Pre-requisites and examination

This course is suitable for qualified lymphoedema therapists.

Practical bandaging skills will be assessed continuously in the practical session on the alternative bandaging system.

Clinical reasoning will be assessed through case study preparation (and/or presentation).

Venue

The course will be conducted at Dunmore Lang College in the beautiful grounds of Macquarie University. The address is 130 Herring Road, Macquarie Park, 2113.

The college is an easy 5-minute walk from Macquarie University train station. Parking is available at the college free of charge. Please press the intercom button at the gate and inform them that you are attending the course.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at Dunmore Lang College. Other recommended options include:

Accommodation and flights are not included in the cost of the course.

If you are travelling from interstate and overseas, please allow at least 1-2kg in your luggage for course notes and brochures.

Please bring a cardigan/jumper in the event that the air conditioning does not meet your individual needs. Shorts, a gown and extra towel for the practical session is recommended.

How to register

1.Complete the online registration form

2. Scan and email evidence of lymphoedema qualifications to alerteducation@mq.edu.au

3. Receive your email confirmation of enrolment email with two attached documents (non-compulsory pre-reading and case study preparation).

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included. Please advise of any special dietary requirements as part of your registration.

Testimonials from past students

"ALERT facilitates gold standard professional development by ensuring we have access to current research and the opportunity to learn from colleagues working in the field." Sandy Templeton, Occupational Therapist, July 2017

"It was great to meet and troubleshoot with other therapists to provide the best practice in our clinics for clients. Well done Louise and Sally for your expertise and professionalism. "Deborah McGinlay, Lymphoedema Therapist, July 2017

"Great, thorough refresher day." Claire Scott, Physiotherapist, July 2017

"ALERT has engaged supervisors that provide thorough clinical reasoning and individual feedback." Elizabeth Webb, Physiotherapist, July 2017

Time spent with a group of lymphoedema therapists from all areas of NSW and ACT is invaluable in sharing ideas and increasing knowledge and skill.” (Fiona Tisdale Blake, PT, March 2017)

“Course facilitators very responsive to feedback and able to accommodate to all student experience levels.” (Paul Killey, PT, March 2017)

“The course provided a great environment for discussion and troubleshooting, as well as hands on practice. It was beneficial to have such a wealth of experience on-hand for clinical discussion and brainstorming.” (Stacey Bradshaw, OT, March 2017)