MQ Health - Macquarie University

Resources for our students

ALERT Education would like to make the following resources for qualified lymphoedema practitioners easier to find.

(The resources that are provided by external companies, charities and professional organisations are not endorsed by ALERT.)

1/ Videos of some of ALERT’s overall projects and education events held at Macquarie University can be found on the following page. This link includes resources for patients and health professionals:

https://www.mqhealth.org.au/hospital-clinics/lymphoedema-clinic/resources

2/ For regular updates please join our LinkedIn page via: ALERT at Macquarie University

https://www.linkedin.com/company/18774752

3/ The International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) is a charity that produces some helpful publications on lymphoedema.

The website can be found here: https://www.lympho.org/

Relevant position statements can be found here:

  1. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2006) Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema
    https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/best-practice-for-the-management-of-lymphoedema/
  2. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2012) Compression Therapy. A position document on compression bandaging.
    https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/compression-therapy-a-position-document-on-compression-bandaging/
  3. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2010) The Management of Lymphoedema in Advanced Cancer and Oedema at the End of Life
    https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/the-management-of-lymphoedema-in-advanced-cancer-and-oedema-at-the-end-of-life/
  4. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2012) Surgical Intervention: A position document on surgery for lymphoedema
    https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/surgical-intervention-a-position-document-on-surgery-for-lymphoedema/
  5. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2010) Care of Children with lymphoedema
    https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/care-of-children-with-lymphoedema/

4/ The peak professional body for lymphology in Australia and New Zealand is the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA). The website can be found here:

https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/

The links the position statements can be found here:https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/about-lymphoedema/position-statements/

The guideline for cellulitis can be found here: ALA Council (revised 2015)  Consensus Guideline: Management of Cellulitis in Lymphoedema. https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/about-lymphoedema/consensus-guideline/

5/ If you are establishing a lymphoedema service, the following resources may be helpful:

  1. Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) guidelines. Lymphoedema: A guide for clinical services.

https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/477998/lymphoedema-guide.pdf

  1. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2012)  Developing a lymphoedema  service https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/developing-a-lymphoedema-service/
  2. ALERT’s early intervention workshops (if they are currently available) may be beneficial

https://www.mqhealth.org.au/hospital-clinics/lymphoedema-clinic/lymphoedema-education/early-intervention

  1. Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) (2009) Monitoring for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema”
    https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/about-lymphoedema/position-statements/

6/ For recording circumferential measures of lymphoedema:

  1. we have provided a free excel spreadsheet available to help you calculate the percentage volume difference  on the resources page (as referred to at point 1)
  2. the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) website has measurement forms available for downloading and a position statement on measurement

https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/education-&-resources/measurement-forms/about-ala-measuring-forms-standards/

  1. A free online calculator was created through a research study and is available via www.armvolume.com

7/ For compression garments for lymphoedema the following resources may be helpful:

  1. Queensland Health has produced a compression garment guide

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0027/146646/guideline-lymph.pdf

  1. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2009) Upper limb template for practice

https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/compression-hosiery-in-upper-body-lymphoedema/

  1. International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) (2006)  Lower Limb template for practice

https://www.lympho.org/portfolio/compression-hosiery-in-lymphoedema/

  1. Wounds International Resources (2013) Principles of compression in venous disease: a practitioner's guide to treatment and prevention of venous leg ulcers http://www.woundsinternational.com/best-practices/view/principles-of-compression-in-venous-disease-a-practitioners-guide-to-treatment-and-prevention-of-venous-leg-ulcers
  2. The Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) (2012) position statement on compression garments (link provided in Point 4)

8/ The National Lymphoedema Network (NLN) is a non for profit organisation based in New York and contains very useful resources. The website is

https://lymphnet.org/

The links the position statements, such as exercise and risk reduction, can be found here: https://lymphnet.org/position-papers

9/ For determining risk of developing lymphoedema the following resources may be helpful:

  1. A free online calculator was created through a research study and is available viahttp://riskcalc.org/BreastCancerArmLymphedema/
  2. ALERT’s early intervention workshops (if they are currently available) may be beneficial

https://www.mqhealth.org.au/hospital-clinics/lymphoedema-clinic/lymphoedema-education/early-intervention

  1. The National Lymphoedema Network (NLN)  (referred to in point 8) has a position statement relevant to risk reduction in lymphoedema

10/ For lipoedema, the following resources may be helpful:

  1. Wounds UK has promoted that they will be publishing a best practice statement on lipoedema in April 2019
    https://www.wounds-uk.com
  2. Lipoedema Australia can be contacted via: https://lipoedemaaustralia.com.au/