Lymphoedema resources for practitioners.

Evidence-based educational resources, online courses and in-person accredited training programmes designed for practitioners.

Learn how to detect, manage and treat lymphoedema.

The Australian Institute of Lymphoedema puts the power to heal in your hands through educating you to deliver lymphoedema therapy, via the Casley-Smith training method, to allow you to practice as an accredited lymphoedema practitioner. 

Our face to face and online courses are recognised by leading professional industry organisations giving you confidence in your respected and highly regarded training qualification. We are proudly recognised by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) as leaders in lymphoedema education. Our in-person CANpractice accreditation courses are recognised by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), Casley-Smith International and the International Institute of Complementary Therapies.

We have proudly partnered with Professor Neil Piller, Lymphologist from Flinders University, who has invested a lifetime of work into researching the lymphatic system and educating practitioners about lymphoedema. We have also proudly partnered with patients that share their lived experience of lymphoedema, becoming experts in understanding how lymphoedema is best managed. 

We offer both online and in-person courses to give you training options to suit your needs and practice goals. 

Why do health professionals need to learn about lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema education is essential in order to detect, manage and treat lymphoedema in line with current evidence-based recommendations. 

When diagnosed early, lymphoedema involves simple fluid accumulation within the tissue spaces. In the early stages, simpler, less invasive treatments can be provided for improved outcomes and long-term prognosis. Research shows that in stage zero lymphoedema, the earliest stage of lymphoedema when swelling is not visible to the eye, detection, management and treatment can reverse the effects of lymphoedema.

Research has also shown that lymphoedema education is particularly important for Doctors and Breast Care Nurses, who are often the first point of contact for patients who may be experiencing early symptoms of lymphoedema.

Lymphoedema education is important for all health care practitioners, but in particular…

  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Radiation Specialists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Phlebologists
  • Remedial Massage Therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Podiatrists
  • Chiropractors
  • Naturopaths

Hear from Professor Neil Piller talk about why health professionals need to learn more about lymphoedema in this short video.

How can the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema help practitioners?

The Australian Institute of Lymphoedema provides a hub of excellence in lymphoedema education. We are committed to serving the lymphoedema community through education, empowerment and encouraging early detection.

Our aim is to help you become an inspired, qualified and respected lymphoedema practitioner, eager and confident to detect, manage and treat lymphoedema in your patients.

We deliver recognised and accredited lymphoedema courses so you can offer cutting-edge care, have confidence in your clinical reasoning skills, enable the best care of your patients and be respected amongst your professional peers.

Putting the power to heal in your hands

The Australian Institute of Lymphoedema offers three courses for practitioners.

CANdetect is an online course to help practitioners understand the risk factors that cause breast cancer-related lymphoedema.

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CANtreat are online courses to help practitioners understand the current evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies.

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CANpractice is an ALA accredited training course teaching practitioners to become fully qualified lymphoedema therapists.

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