MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lower Limb Below Knee Oedema Course

Lower Limb Below Knee Oedema Course

2019 DATES

TBC - please contact to be contacted once dates are confirmed


Further details will be announced shortly, please email if you would like to register your interest.

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 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: TBC contact for more details

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 face-to-face module.

Course content

Further information to be provided


  • 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)
  • Professional indemnity insurance appropriate for providing lymphoedema treatments
  • 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.

    Whilst ALERT welcomes interdisciplinary learning, each individual health professional needs to ensure that they practice within their scope of practice. Please seek guidance from your professional board and from your insurance company in regards to which modalities you are covered to deliver.

    All health professionals are encouraged to learn about lymphoedema, especially if you are working with cancer patients and those with vascular conditions, such as wounds. Risk reduction education has been shown to improve patient outcomes.1

    Reference 1: Stout, N.. et al (2012) A prospective surveillance model for rehabilitation for women with breast cancer. Cancer.118:2191–2200


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

Further details to be provided


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.