MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lymphoedema Clinic

Innovations in lymphoedema assessment and management: Early Intervention

This workshop focuses on the theory and practical skills required for health practitioners to provide the latest in evidence-based risk reduction education and early intervention strategies for clients at risk of developing lymphoedema. Screening and risk reduction factors pre- and post-cancer treatments will be highlighted, with an emphasis on evidence-based management surrounding the care of clients with breast cancer. Client case studies will be explored, with participants asked to design a rehabilitation plan that includes screening, early detection and post-cancer care.

2019 dates

Our courses for 2018 have been completed and dates for 2019 are yet to be confirmed. If you are interested in doing this course in 2019, please register your interest here:

Register interest for 2019

Course content

Learning outcomes

On completion of this one-day workshop, health practitioners will be able to:

  • Describe the evidence base to support a prospective model of care for cancer patients versus current standard clinical practice
  • Describe an early intervention model based on the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) guidelines for screening and early detection of breast cancer-related lymphoedema
  • Understand the theory of bio-impedance spectroscopy and available technology to detect extracellular fluid (U-400 and SOZO)
  • Define what the L-Dex measure is and be able to articulate this to patients without technical jargon
  • Understand a client's cancer journey, including screening, risk reduction, surgery and cancer treatments, rehabilitation and survivorship
  • Enhance clinical reasoning by exploring clinical case studies of clients post-breast cancer who have been monitored for the early detection of lymphoedema
  • Develop a plan for a prospective surveillance model of care for public and private hospitals and clinics

Key competencies

  • Can describe the inclusions for a prospective model of care for the early intervention and screening of lymphoedema post-cancer care
  • Can describe how to use bio-impedance spectroscopy and articulate to clients what the L-Dex measure means
  • Understand how to practically perform an L-Dex and SOZO measure
  • Feel confident in the provision of risk-reduction advice pre- and post-operatively to clients undergoing breast cancer surgery

Pre-requisites and examination

This workshop is suitable for any category one lymphoedema therapists. It is also suitable for doctors or nurses working specifically in cancer care.

Before the workshop commences, you will be invited to complete a simple pre-learning package which comprises of reading several published articles. Selected lymphoedema therapists that have established an early intervention model of care will be invited to prepare a simple case study on their model and present this to the group.

There is no examination.

Testimonials from past students

“Louise was a fantastic facilitator, using evidence from research and clinical expertise. She was able to build on the experience of other competent lymphoedema therapists in the room/workshop.  Louise is very encouraging of making a difference.” Jenni Scarlet, Breast Care Nurse, February 2018

“Fantastic, inspirational day. Great to have a clinician presenting in an honest/practical manner.” Anne Pearce, Physiotherapist, February 2018

“Very in-depth course, highly recommended.” Jodie Reynolds, Physiotherapist, February 2018

“Very well run, excellent material and amazing presenter. Thanks so much.” Michelle Rampant, Breast Care Nurse, March 2018

“Well organised, relevant information. Well-presented and excellent presenter.” Denise Berry, Physiotherapist, March 2018

“Interactive, stimulating thought on clinical practice.” Catherine Hunt, Physiotherapist, March 2018

“Enjoyed the interactive component to learn what other services are doing and what the challenges are. Greatly appreciate the resource booklets.” Vanessa Cooke, Occupational Therapist, March 2018

“Excellent presenter with steps that can be easily implemented.” Amanda Bell, Occupational Therapist, March 2018

“Very much appreciate evidence focus and Louise’s very practical and grounded approach. What experience!!” Rosemary Kendall, Occupational Therapist, March 2018

“Highly informative and interactive workshop offering practical solutions for developing an early screening and intervention programme for lymphoedema.” Jennifer Ritossa, Physiotherapist, March 2018

“Excellent communication on all levels. Prompted reflection and enthusiasm for improving lymphoedema management at a local level. Great supportive interactions.” Meryl Hale, Physiotherapist, March 2018

Another extremely valuable course from ALERT. This has provided me with some robust evidence to help further our advocacy for implementation of a pre-treatment assessment service.” Stacey Bradshaw, Occupational Therapist, October 2017

“Excellent presentation and content for the day. Great networking with exchange of hints and ideas plus stimulating to review current practice and future business planning.” Kathryn Vickers, Physiotherapist, October 2017

“Very important service that needs to be implemented more widely. Great insight into ways to implement early intervention.” Patricia Cooper, Physiotherapist, October 2017

“Great course! Provided updated research findings in a practical manner. This course has provided me with a good starting point in my area.” Michelle Singh, Occupational Therapist, October 2017

“Louise and Andrea are gurus in lymphoedema. Thank you.” Jillian Hull, Occupational Therapist, October 2017

“ALERT has provided me with great opportunity to advance my clinical skills in lymphoedema assessment and treatment.” Monica Vasquez, Occupational Therapist, October 2017

“I am thankful that the multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and educators who are passionate about new developments in lymphoedema are willing to share the latest in best practice research with other like-minded practitioners in a professional and practical way. Highly recommend any training with ALERT.” Jan Hunter, Massage Therapist, October 2017

“Fantastic opportunity to identify the requirements to set up an evidence based early intervention program.” Michelle Hamblin, Registered Nurse, October 2017