About the
Australian Institute
of Lymphoedema.

A hub of excellence in lymphoedema education designed to empower patients and practitioners to detect, manage and treat lymphoedema.

Why the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema?

Institute is the perfect name for a professional hub of excellence underpinned by science. The education we deliver is backed by scientific research and we endeavour to ensure that our educational content is up to date, relevant and in touch with the needs of both patients and practitioners. 

Lymphoedema and the lymphatic system is all that we focus on at the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema. This is not a job for us, this is our life’s work! We are dedicated towards serving the lymphoedema community.

We’ve teamed up with Professor Piller, Australia’s only dedicated Lymphologist and Director of the Lymphoedema Clinical Research Unit at Flinders University to bring you cutting edge, evidence-based research, information, education and lived experience to help both patients and practitioners detect, manage and treat lymphoedema.

We offer a range of self-paced, online courses for patients and both online courses as well as in-person lymphoedema training events for health professionals.

Resources created for patients

CANdetect helps patients to spot the early warning signs of lymphoedema and seek early detection.

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CANmanage empowers anyone living with lymphoedema to manage their condition as well as their self-care.

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Resources designed for practitioners

CANdetect allows practitioners to provide their patients with advice regarding risk factors and early detection.

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CANtreat gives practitioners an introduction to the evidence-based treatment options available for lymphoedema.

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CANpractice is an ALA accredited training course allowing professionals to become recognised lymphoedema practitioners.

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Meet the team behind the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema.

Andrea Mangion – Director of the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema

Andrea is a Titled Cancer and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist (Australian Physiotherapy Association) with over 13 years of clinical experience in cancer and lymphoedema rehabilitation.

Andrea has travelled to every state in Australia to learn more about lymphoedema, Germany to train at world renowned Földi Clinic, Sweden to learn about surgery for lymphoedema and to Finland to learn about innovative treatment strategies for lymphoedema. 

Andrea has dedicated her career to supporting practitioners and patients to understand lymphoedema. Andrea has teaching qualifications via TAE40110 and is currently completing her PhD through Flinders University. 

Andrea is an active member of Casley-Smith International and over the last 10 years has been running Australasian Lymphology Association accredited lymphoedema courses. To date Andrea has trained hundreds of health practitioners to become qualified lymphoedema practitioners.

“Raising lymphoedema awareness is not a job for me – this is my life and I hope to be able to make a real difference to lymphoedema awareness in Australia. Lymphoedema care provides a wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on patient’s lives.”

Professor Neil Piller – Director of the Lymphoedema Clinical Research Unit at Flinders University

Professor Neil Piller is respected around the world for his research on lymphoedema and is known for his kindness and passion towards educating others. Neil has been researching the lymphatic system since 1973.

Neil is regarded as a “Lymphologist” which is a Professor who has dedicated their career to studying the lymphatic system. Globally, there are less than a handful of Lymphologists as it takes a lifetime of dedicated research to be regarded as an expert in this area. The Flinders University website lists him as an expert on lymphoedema.

An executive member of the of the International Society for Lymphology, Neil is also Clinical Sciences and Chief editor of the “Journal of Lymphoedema” (UK), a member of the editorial boards of “Phlebology” (USA) and “Lymphology” (USA).

Neil attends most major lymphology conferences around the world. He volunteers for several organisations to provide education including Encore, Lipoedema Australia and The Lymphoedema Support Group of South Australia. 

“I absolutely love the lymphatic system because way back in about 1969, I was introduced to lymphatic diseases through one of my lecturers and Professors, Professor John Casley-Smith. Way back then just one picture he showed me changed my life. I’m passionate about education, not only for the practitioners but also for the patients.”

Work with the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema to make a difference.

The HELP Online project is proudly supported by Flinders University and Sigvaris.

We welcome patients who would like to be interviewed for our quarterly webinars, as well as organisations that would like to collaborate with us on future education projects.

If you would like to work with us to make a difference, please get in touch.

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