MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lymphoedema Clinic

Understanding lymphatic anatomy featuring ICG and lymphosomes

This workshop explores lymphatic anatomy utilising the latest evidence in lymphatic imaging techniques, near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging (ICG) and lymphatic territories, lymphosomes. Associate Professor Hiroo Suami is a world-expert in lymphatic research and clinicians will benefit from learning about lymphatic anatomy from a plastic surgeon who has published widely in this field over the last 10 years.

Visualisation of the lymphatics is made possible with near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging (ICG). The ICG dye makes the lymphatic vessels appear colourful, allowing the lymphatic flow through the lymph vessels to be visible.

2019 Courses

When: Tuesday 9 July 2019, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Cost: $522.50 (including GST)

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When: Tuesday 3 December 2019, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Cost: $522.50 (including GST)

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Course Overview

In the morning, students will have access to the anatomy laboratories onsite at Macquarie University. Here, they will be able to see the lymphatic system by watching dissections of both human and animal specimens. Normal anatomy will be explained, including the skin, fat, muscle, fascia and location of superficial lymphatics (collectors and nodes.)

In the afternoon, patients with lymphoedema will attend the workshop and undergo an ICG injection to allow visualisation of their individual lymphatic flow patterns. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) techniques will then be performed to illustrate the effect of different manual massage techniques.

A comprehensive report will be provided to the patients after the workshop to give them a better understanding of their individual lymphatic anatomy.

At the end of the day, clinicians will be able to apply the theories pertaining to lymphatic anatomy to practical skills such as manual lymphatic drainage and articulate how a patient’s individual anatomy can directly affect clinical therapy outcomes

Course Content

Course content

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this one day workshop, lymphoedema practitioners will be able to:

  • describe lymphatic anatomy via visualisation of lymphatic anatomy using innovative diagnostic technology (ICG) and lymphatic territory descriptors (lymphosomes)
  • describe how lymphatic anatomy and lymphatic territories relates to practical treatment aspects including manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
  • describe the theory and practical application of near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging (ICG) with translation of knowledge to clinical practice

Key competencies

  • Understand lymphatic anatomy including lymph vessels, nodes, trunks and territories
  • Understand superficial anatomy of the lymphatic system and be able to compare this with lymphosomes
  • To observe the procedures involved in near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging (ICG) in both normal and lymphoedema subjects and be able to describe how the technique works
  • Via observation of the ICG technique, identify normal lymphatic collectors,  lymphangion contraction and dermal backflow
  • Via observation of the ICG technique, practically appreciate the enhanced uptake of lymph into initial lymphatics with lymphatic massage and enhanced movement of lymph through the collecting lymphatics and lymphatic capillaries with lymphatic massage
  • Can identify optimal hand pressure to enhance lymph flow
  • Can identify lymphatic drainage pathways in both normal and lymphoedema subjects
  • Can utilise lymphatic mapping to plan an appropriate lymphatic massage in one subject with lymphoedema

Pre-requisites and examination

Pre-requisites and examination

This workshop is suitable for any lymphoedema therapist who has completed equivalent of a level one lymphoedema course. It is also suitable for doctors or medical students who would like to learn more about lymphatic anatomy. The focus is not ICG, but rather understanding normal lymphatic anatomy and the utilisation of ICG to help clinicians understand both normal anatomy, pathological anatomy (i.e. when patients have lymphoedema) and the implications for clinical practice (such as understanding MLD theory and individual lymphatic drainage mapping).

Before the workshop commences, you will be invited to complete a simple pre-learning package which comprises of reading several published articles.

Venue

Venue

The workshop will be conducted in Room G10, Ground Floor, 2 Technology Place, (Clinic Building) Macquarie University, New South Wales 2109, Australia.

Please note the room is located on the Ground Floor of Macquarie University Clinic Building. Parking is available for a fee in the hospital or clinic car parks.

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

Accommodation

Accommodation

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 500 gm – 1 kg in your luggage for course notes and brochures.

How to register

How to register

  1. Register for your preferred date using the register now links at the top of this webpage.
  2. Scan and email evidence of lymphoedema qualifications (or interest in lymphatic anatomy if you are a medical student or doctor) to alerteducation@mq.edu.au. Qualified Lymphoedema Practitioners (135 hours of training equivalent) are eligible to attend.
  3. Pay the course fee to secure your place. Please note that registration will not be confirmed until full payment has been made.  Fees are to be paid in Australian dollars and must be made via credit card. For credit card payment, please download the 2019 form here.
  4. If your workplace will be funding your course participation and is unable to pay by credit card, please write to ALERT education at alerteducation@mq.edu.au to request an invoice for payment by direct deposit.
  5. Receive confirmation of enrollment via email with your receipt and attached pre-reading once payment has been finalised.

Cancellation

Cancellation

Notification of cancellation must be sent by email to alerteducation@mq.edu.au.

All cancellations incur a non-refundable administration fee of A$50 (GST inclusive), which will be taken out of your payment if cancellation is made at least 3 weeks before the course date. Alternatively, enrollment can be transferred to another lymphatic anatomy course without incurring a cancellation fee. No refund will be given if cancellation is made within 3 weeks of the course date.

Testimonials from past students

Testimonials from past students

“So good to see the superficial lymphatic vessels so clearly and as discrete vessels.  Thank you very much.” – Sally Padgett, Physiotherapist, July 2018

“The team at ALERT continue to excel at providing educational courses of world class standard. Thank you.” – Simone Paterson, Physiotherapist, July 2018

“The lymphatic anatomy featuring ICG and lymphosomes workshop was excellent. It was a comprehensive day with clean, clinical applications.” – Kate Rogers, Physiotherapist, July 2018

“Excellent day, jam packed with ‘aha’ moments.” – Nicole Kelly, Occupational Therapist, July 2018

“Excellent program.” – Andrew McCann, Doctor, July 2018

"I would encourage all lymphoedema therapists to do this workshop. It will change the way you treat your patients." (Jenny Coolican, PT, CLT, July 2017.)

"I am so happy to have this knowledge as my clients will benefit so much." (Danielle Brown, OT, CLT, July 2017.)

"The ICG course was invaluable in its content. I will definitely use the information provided with the treatment of my patients." (Trish Cooper, PT, CLT, July 2017.)

"Fantastic day, really challenged my thinking. Thank you. Will definitely incorporate what I have learnt today into my practice." (Lee Millard Newton, Specialist Breast Nurse, CLT.)

"Fantastic course. Speakers were very professional and full of so much knowledge. This will change the way I practice." (Jessica Kyneur, PT, CLT, July 2017.)

"A very interesting and thought provoking day with knowledgeable, experienced presenters. Enjoyed the mix of hands on plus presentations." (Jane Maher, OT, CLT, July 2017.)

"A fantastic learning experience to enhance your understanding of the lymphatic anatomy via ICG and to think about your application to MLD." (Liane O'Brien, PT, CLT, July 2017.)

"Presentations excellent and hands on experience invaluable. Thank you." (Jan Hunter, Remedial Massage Therapist, CLT, July 2017.)