What is the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)?
The Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) is the peak professional association for lymphology in Australia in New Zealand.
The ALA is a single-entity, not-for-profit organisation incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee under Australian law. It is also a recognised charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) and state legislation.
Does the ALA have a membership program?
The ALA has a membership program.
The following categories of ALA membership are offered:
- Full membership – open to health professionals with a substantial interest in lymphology or lymphoedema who is working in a clinical, research or education field
- Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner, including Full membership, for eligible practitioners who wish to demonstrate their dedication, professionalism and expertise to patients, employers, referrers and the community
- Student membership – students with a substantial interest in lymphology or lymphoedema studying full time at undergraduate or postgraduate level
- Corporate membership – organisations, companies, institutions and agencies involved in lymphology related activities who wish to align their business with the ALA
- Friends of the ALA – individuals or not for profit support or advocacy groups interested in furthering the work of the ALA.
Does the ALA accredit lymphoedema practitioners?
The ALA accredits lymphoedema practitioners via the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program (ALPP). The ALPP is a robust regulatory scheme designed and administered by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).
The ALPP recognises appropriately qualified and skilled health professionals – Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners – who demonstrate they are of suitable standing, have acquired an appropriate level of lymphoedema education and professional competence, meet expectations with respect to professional indemnity insurance cover, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning enabling them to provide safe and effective lymphoedema management services. Individuals demonstrate their suitable standing by holding registration where applicable, or – where registration is not mandated – being a member of a professional association which has robust complaints and disciplinary processes. Additionally, ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners are required to adhere to the ALPP Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice, demonstrate recency of practice and comply with a range of mandatory declarations. Professional competence is achieved through holding a recognised qualification in a health discipline and completing ALA accredited lymphoedema training, and ongoing learning is demonstrated through participation in lymphoedema-related continuing professional development (CPD) activities.
Only practitioners who meet the entry requirements and demonstrate ongoing compliance with the Program’s policies are ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners. Practitioners can then use the ALA’s approved logo.
What is the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)?
Practitioners listed on this National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR) are ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners who comply with the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program (ALPP), a robust regulatory scheme designed and administered by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).
Patients can search for a practitioner in a given area by typing in a postcode.
You can view the register here: https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/accreditation-nlpr/find-a-practitioner/
What does this mean for me as a healthcare practitioner?
In order to be eligible for the accreditation by the ALA and listing on the NLPR you need to have completed a recognised lymphoedema certification program. CANpractice is an ALA recognised lymphoedema course.