MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lymphoedema Clinic

Lymphoedema Accreditation Course

Become a Lymphoedema Therapist

Through the ALERT Education program, Macquarie University is the first university in Australia to offer lymphoedema education via a continuing professional development program.

The course includes the international standard of 135 hours of lymphoedema education spread over two modules, including an online learning module followed by a 9 day face-to-face module consisting of instruction in theory and comprehensive practical sessions.

The course is delivered by highly experienced health professionals and academics and is based on the latest evidence in the literature on lymphoedema knowledge, research and technology.


The international standard for accreditation as a lymphoedema practitioner requires health professionals (with a bachelor's degree equivalent) to undertake 135 hours of study in the field of lymphoedema management.

In Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), the peak professional association for lymphology, recognises health professionals who have completed endorsed courses. The ALERT Education Lymphoedema Accreditation Course is ALA-endorsed.

Becoming an ALA member is not compulsory to practise as a lymphoedema therapist, but it is recommended. ALA members that have completed ALERT Education’s Lymphoedema Accreditation Course will become eligible for listing on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR) as an Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner and will be able to use the ALA’s tick of approval. See the ALA website for more information.

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 below.)

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

Course content

The course includes 135 hours of education spread over two modules including an online learning module and then a 9 day face-to-face module that includes instruction in theory and practical sessions.

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. We allow up to 6 weeks 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 runs for 9 days. Course hours are 8 am - 4.30 pm each day, except the final Thursday, which runs to 7.30 pm.

Three main course instructors lead this course: Louise Koelmeyer (OT), Sally Kava (OT) and Andrea Mangion (PT.) We also have guest lecturers presenting some aspects of the course, including Dr Helen Mackie for differential diagnosis and Associate Professor Hiroo Suami for lymphatic anatomy. Biographies of our team can be found here.

The course includes all topics on complex lymphoedema management such as the theory of lymphatic anatomy and physiology, compression therapy (bandaging, ready-to-wear garments, custom-made garments and technology such as compression pumps), treatment technology (such as laser and negative pressure), adjuvant treatments (such as an overview of kinesiology taping and the use of chip bags/swell spots), exercise prescription, psychological well-being and surgical management.

Several patients with lymphoedema attend the course to assist with translating theory to the clinical setting.

We focus on what is important to your learning:

  • Intensive practical sessions to give you confidence in the clinical environment. (Please be prepared to undress to your underwear, as practical massage and bandaging sessions are performed on your peers. “Short shorts” are recommended for the practical bandaging sessions.)
  • Comprehensive theoretical content based on the latest evidence in the literature and delivered by experienced health professionals.
  • An interactive learning environment that is stimulating, memorable and fun.


  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 bachelor's qualification in a health degree or recognised equivalent
  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or international equivalent
  • Current professional indemnity insurance (either from your workplace or held personally).
  • This course is taught in English, so all applicants must be proficient in English. For more information, please see our English Language Requirements.

Please contact us if you are uncertain about your eligibility.


In the face-to-face module you will do three exams, two written theory exams and one practical examination.

In the practical exam, you will be presented with a patient case study. You will be required to create a treatment plan and demonstrate competency in delivering the appropriate complex lymphatic treatment, including written treatment planning, manual lymphatic drainage and lymphoedema 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 Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. The address is Ground Floor, 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113.

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.

The venue is an easy 5-minute walk from Macquarie University train station and is easily accessible by both bus and train.


Unfortunately, we have no parking on-site at our venue at 75 Talavera Road, so we strongly encourage you to use public transport.

Although the Macquarie University train station is closed until mid-2019, there is an excellent station-link bus service between St Leonards and Macquarie, and Epping and Macquarie. However, please note that you may need to allow an extra 30-60 minutes travel time. You can find out more here.

There is some free street parking on Talavera Road between MGSM and Culloden Road. These spaces fill up fast and are usually taken by 8 am.

Paid parking is available at Macquarie University Hospital and Macquarie Shopping Centre. There is also paid parking on campus.

Please contact us at  if you would like to talk further about parking options.


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 January/February 2019

Register for August/September 2019

2. Scan and email a copy of your AHPRA registration or equivalent and evidence of professional indemnity insurance 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 a tax invoice and direct deposit payment instructions.

6. Pay the balance of your fees at least 2-4 weeks before the online learning module is due to commence. Late payment may delay the commencement of your online learning. There is a delay of 72 hours minimum from the time full payment has cleared before you can access the online learning material.)

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

For the course commencing face-to-face on 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. Enrolment can be transferred to an alternative ALERT Education Lymphoedema Accreditation 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 that you become unwell during the course, a sick leave certificate will be required, and the cancellation policy will still apply. Due to the requirement for completion of a minimum number of hours to gain lymphoedema certification, you will be required to re-take this component of the course at your own expense or wait until you can attend a subsequent ALERT Accreditation 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