MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lymphoedema Clinic

Level 1 Lymphoedema Training

Become a Lymphoedema Therapist


The professional requirement for treating lymphoedema in Australia and New Zealand requires health care practitioners to complete a Level 1 Lymphoedema Course that is endorsed by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).

On completion of this course practitioners will:

  • Receive an industry qualification that is recognised by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), the peak professional body in lymphology in Australia and NZ
  • Become an ALA-accredited lymphoedema therapist eligible for listing on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)*
  • Become eligible for the ALA's tick of approval as an accredited lymphoedema practitioner
2018 Dates

Tuesday 30 October - Friday 9 November (excluding 3-4 November) eLearning from 17 September 2018 – enrolments now open

Register for November course

2019 Dates

Tuesday 12 February - Friday 22 February (excluding 16-17 February) eLearning from 7 January 2019 – enrolments now open

Register for February course

Tuesday 17 September - Friday 27 September (excluding 21-22 September) eLearning from 12 August 2019 – enrolments now open

Register for September course

Course fee

Cost: $3,420 plus 10% GST. (Payment forms are located in the How to Register section.)

Course fee inclusions:

  • comprehensive online pre-learning program
  • all face-to-face lectures and practical sessions including a full custom-made garment measurement workshop
  • printed learning resources including a resource folder
  • bandages and other materials used in practical sessions
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the 9 days of the face-to-face module.
  • Receive an industry qualification that is recognised by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), the peak professional body in lymphology in Australia and NZ
  • Become an ALA-accredited lymphoedema therapist eligible for listing on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)* (Read the terms for eligibility criteria.)*
  • Become eligible for the ALA's tick of approval as an accredited lymphoedema practitioner

Course content

To preview the course content and learning objectives, please download this guide. 

A) Online learning module

Before the 9-day course commences, you will be required to complete a comprehensive online learning package, provided in partnership with Klose Training. This includes reading materials, online web seminars/videos and exams. The online course is delivered in a user-friendly manner that allows you to learn at your own pace. You can stop videos and return later to re-watch the content at your leisure. This package could be completed in one week full-time, but we allow up to 6 weeks’ completion time to ensure completion at a leisurely pace. Your completion rate and pass mark on each online exam is assessable.

B) Face-to-face module

The face-to-face module is 9 days in duration. It includes 2 rest days to allow for fatigue management and a chance for our interstate and international students to do some sight-seeing. Three instructors are present on each day of the course. We also have guest lecturers presenting some aspects of the course, including Dr Helen Mackie and Associate Professor Hiroo Suami. The course includes all topics on complex lymphoedema management including theory (anatomy and physiology), compression therapy (bandaging, ready to wear garments, custom made garments and technology such as compression pumps), treatment technology (laser, PhysioTouch negative pressure), adjuvant treatments (kinesiology taping overview, chip bags/swell spots), exercise prescription, psychological wellbeing and surgical management. Several lymphoedema patients attend the course to assist with translation of theory to clinical context.

We focus on what is important to your learning:

  • Intensive practical sessions for confidence in the real clinical environment. (Please be prepared to undress into underwear as practical massage and bandaging sessions are performed on your peers. Shorts are recommended for the practical bandaging sessions.)
  • Comprehensive theoretical content delivered online learning, presentations and examination
  • An interactive learning environment that is stimulating, memorable and fun


This Level 1 Lymphoedema Course is open to qualified health professionals that have completed the equivalent of a University undergraduate degree. If you are an Australian or NZ health professional, you must have obtained a tertiary qualification as a doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or registered nurse (Division 1 Registered Nurse in Victoria) and have professional registration with AHPRA.

We also accept international students.

Please contact us if you do not meet these criteria or are uncertain about your eligibility.


In the face-to-face module you will do three exams, two written theory exams and one practical review. In the practical review, you will be presented with a patient case study. You will then be required to create a treatment plan and demonstrate the required complex lymphatic treatment, including practical competency in written treatment planning, manual lymphatic drainage and bandaging.

If you fail either the theoretical or practical component of the examination (or both), you will be required to undergo re-examination within six months of the original exam at your own expense.


The course will be conducted in the Physiotherapy department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Macquarie University. The address is Ground Floor, 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park.

The venue is an easy 5-minute walk from Macquarie University train station and is easily accessible by both bus and train. If you require parking, please contact us to confirm location and pricing. (Please note: no parking is available onsite at 75 Talavera Road.)

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

Please bring a cardigan/jumper in the event that the air conditioning does not meet your individual needs. Shorts, a gown and extra towel(s) for the practical sessions are also recommended.


Recommended options for accommodation include:

Accommodation may also be available at Dunmore Lang College or Robert Menzies College. Please contact the colleges for availability.

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

If you are travelling from interstate and overseas, please allow at least 5-8 kg in your luggage for course notes and brochures.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included in the course. Please advise of any special dietary requirements on your registration form.

How to register

1. Complete the online registration forms

Register for November course

Register for February 2019

Register for September 2019

2. Scan and email a copy of your AHPRA registration or equivalent, to

3. Pay the associated course fees. A place will not be held in the course without confirmation of receipt of a deposit of $550 (including GST).

4. Payment must be made via credit card. The credit card form can be downloaded here.

5. If your workplace will be funding your course completion and is unable to pay by credit card, please write to ALERT education via to request an invoice for direct deposit.

6. Pay the balance of your fees at least 2-4 weeks before the eLearning component commences. Please avoid ALERT Education staff having to prompt you that payment is owing.

For the course commencing 12 February 2019, full payment is due by Friday 5 January 2019.

For the course commencing 17 September 2019, full payment is due by Friday 5 August 2019.


Notification of cancellation must be sent by email to

All cancellations incur a non-refundable administration fee of A$50 (GST inclusive), which will be taken out of your initial deposit if cancellation is made at least 6 weeks before the online learning commencement date. Enrollment can be transferred to an alternative ALERT Education Level One course without incurring a cancellation fee, as long as online learning has not commenced. A cancellation fee of $550 (GST inclusive) will be incurred if notification is received after the online learning commencement date.

In the unavoidable event of sickness during the course, a sick leave certificate will be required, and the cancellation policy will still apply. Due to minimum attendance requirements set by the ALA for this course, the student will be required to re-take this component of the course at their own expense or wait until they can attend a subsequent ALERT Education Level One course. The certificate of completion cannot be awarded until all components have been completed and attendance requirements have been met.

Testimonials from past students

“Excellent tutors and support dedicated to lymphoedema and teaching – thank you.” – Georgina Bennett, Physiotherapist, August 2018

“An inspirational course equipping me with the knowledge, skills and support to put it all into practice.” – Megan Hamilton, Occupational Therapist, August 2018

“The course covered areas of skin care, MLD, exercise prescription and PT education incredibly well. The best part was the brain storming about setting up a service in my local health district. Andrea, Sally and Louise were always there to offer feedback and support.” – Tara Doyle, Physiotherapist, August 2018

“High standard of educational delivery.  All the information was presented in an environment that encouraged high performance and thorough explanation. I felt very supported and motivated to learn and ask questions. I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity and am excited and highly motivated to integrate this into my practice.  Thank you, Louise, Sally and Andrea.” Hayley Batchelor, Registered Nurse, August 2018

“An excellent course.  Presenters are extremely knowledgeable and provide great feedback and support to help you improve your skills.”  - Kate Hogben, Occupational Therapist, August 2018

“This course provides education for new and experienced therapists as it uses up-to-date research. Excellent, very knowledgeable therapists delivering this course in a range of learning styles to meet students needs.” – Rachel Moers, Physiotherapist, August 2018

“This lymphoedema course has more than exceeded my expectations. It has been the most comprehensive learning development I have completed as a therapist and I am excited to use these skills clinically.” – Bethany Scott, Physiotherapist, August 2018

“Fantastic and intensive course. I learnt so much from the very knowledgeable presenters.” – Melinda Aslin, Registered Nurse, August 2018

“I am really grateful that I chose ALERT for my Level 1 lymphoedema training.  The course was so comprehensive and was taught by three experienced therapists who are all at the forefront of best evidence-based clinical practice. After completing the course, I feel confident and excited about using the clinical skills learnt to better manage and empower my patients with lymphoedema.” Elizabeth Eastwood, Physiotherapist, March 2018

“An intensive two weeks of learning that was challenging but enjoyable every step of the way thanks the amazing teamwork of ALERT. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone.” Stacey Swindon, Occupational Therapist, March 2018

“Felt honoured to be taught by four experts in the field who are supportive, knowledgeable and motivating. Highly recommend.” Hannah Kurnadi, Occupational Therapist, March 2018

“I would highly recommend this course for anyone with an interest in lymphoedema management. As a nurse I have gained many skills that will improve the management of my patients.” Michelle Roseno, Registered Nurse, March 2018

“I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. Fantastic learning from the people actually doing the research.” Lynn Dunnet, Physiotherapist, March 2018

“I have just completed ALERT Level 1 Lymphoedema course – amazing content and learning experiences.” Julia Murray, Occupational Therapist, March 2018

“A fantastic course which has increased my confidence and competence to treat patients non-complex lymphoedema.” Tara Hayes, OT, March 2018