MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lower Limb Below Knee Oedema Course

Lower Limb Below Knee Oedema Course

Develop your knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in the management of oedema in the lower limb. This course is ideal for health professionals who treat patients with swollen feet and ankles, patients that have venous leg ulcers or varicose veins, obese patients with chronic lower limb swelling as well as health professionals working in rehabilitation with elderly patients or wheel chair bound patients who suffer from dependant oedema due to a lack of muscle pump activity.

This course is targeted to allied health professionals including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Registered Nurses, Osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists (both community and hospital-based).

The course includes education on lower limb oedema with a focus on below knee oedema. The course is spread over two modules, including an online learning module followed by a 4-day face-to-face module. The face to face module includes theory, comprehensive practical sessions and examinations.

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.

Cost: $1560 plus 10% GST. (Payment forms are located in the How to register section below.)

2019 DATES

Tuesday 2 July - Friday 5 July eLearning from 3 June 2019 – enrolments now open

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This short course was created through demand for a shorter course on lymphoedema for health professionals with an interest in wound care and the management of lower limb oedema.

This course includes 25 hours of online learning, 36 hours of face to face education and a further 12.5 hours of self-directed education for a total of 73.5 hours of education. Two formal examinations will occur including a written theory exam and a practical exam.

This course is not a complete lymphoedema accreditation qualification course. 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 (known as a Level One course or Lymphoedema Accreditation course.)

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.

Course fee

Cost: $1560 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 printed learning resources including a resource folder
  • bandages and other materials used in practical sessions
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the 4 days of the face-to-face module.

Course content

The course includes lower limb oedema education spread over two modules including

  1. an online learning module consisting of 25 hours of education
  2. and then a 4-day face-to-face module that includes lectures practical sessions. Homework is required to be completed.

A) Online learning module

Before the 4-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 4 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 4 days. Course hours are 8am - 5pm each day, except 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 Matthew Dutton, who currently works in Wound Management at St George Hospital. Matthew does research in Nursing Science, Marketing and International Economics.

The course includes all topics on complex oedema management of the lower limb such as the theory of lymphatic anatomy and physiology, compression therapy (multi-layer and two layer bandaging, ready-to-wear garments, custom-made garments) and technology such as pneumatic compression pumps), adjuvant treatments (such as the use of chip bags), exercise prescription, psychological well-being and surgical management.

We focus on what is important to your learning:

  • Intensive practical sessions to give you confidence in the clinical environment. (“Short shorts” are recommended for the practical massage and 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 equivalent)
  • 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 at if you are uncertain about your eligibility.


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. You can find out more at Trip Planner.

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. Click the register now button at the top of this page, complete the registration form.

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

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 2 July 2019, full payment is due by Friday 31 May 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 before the online learning commencement date. Enrolment can be transferred to an alternative ALERT Education 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. The certificate of completion cannot be awarded until all components have been completed and attendance requirements have been met.

Frequently asked questions

1/ Once I complete this course do I need to complete further training?

If you would like to be qualified as a fully qualified lymphoedema practitioner, eligible for listing on the Australisian Lymphology Association’s (ALA) website on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR) you will be required to complete an upper limb course and a short course on midline oedema. ALERT Education will be announcing dates for these courses in late 2020.

2/ Why should I complete this course at Macquarie University?

At ALERT Education we feel we are in a unique position to offer you the latest in lymphoedema education. We leverage off the fact that we are running the courses through a university model and as such have access to academics who are currently involved in lymphoedema research, health professionals currently treating lymphoedema and an education team that tries to ensure that our students have access to the latest in evidence based information.

You can read more on “What ALERT offers” here.