CANpractice *Upper Limb Component Only* Aug/Sept (Online) and October 2022 (Face to face) – Rydges, Sydney

$2,850.00 + GST

**Last course for 2022 ** 

Become a Breast Cancer Lymphoedema Therapist via the Upper Limb component of CANpractice – an accredited course designed to qualify you to become a respected lymphoedema practitioner. This course is accredited by the peak lymphology association within Australia – the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and allows you to be recognised for treatment of the upper limb and breast.

CANpractice begins online in August 2022 (self-directed + virtual classrooms). The face to face component runs in October over 2.5 days on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of October from 8am to 5.30pm and Wednesday the 12th from 8.30am to 1.30pm AEST at the Rydges in Sydney.

The course price is $2850 (excluding GST). 10% GST applicable. All prices quoted Australian dollars.

Please read below to see more information about the course and inclusions.

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CANpractice Upper Limb

This component of CANpractice covers treatment of the upper limb and breast and is accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA.)

The CANpractice Upper Limb course is ideal for practitioners who only treat the upper body – such as breast care nurses and upper limb therapists (such as Hand Physiotherapists). If you are likely to treat all body areas you must instead complete the full 135-hour CANpractice course which is recognised by Casley Smith International, IICT, MAA and ALA.

When, where and how will this CANpractice course take place?

The CANpractice course is delivered via a combination of self-directed online learning, compulsory virtual classroom sessions and in-person practical training.

Online learning:

Your self-directed, online learning will begin from Monday 15th August 2022.
If you require early access, this can be arranged within 48 business hours of enrolling.

Compulsory virtual classroom sessions (via Zoom):

Tue 13th September 2022 – 6-8pm
Tue 20th September 2022 – 6-8pm
Tue 27th September 2022 – 6-8pm

These three virtual classroom sessions will be recorded and made available in your learning portal within 10 business days. The virtual classroom sessions are compulsory and count towards your learning hours. You will need to watch the classroom sessions online if you are unable to attend in person.

In-person practical training:

The in-person, face to face practical training will take place at Rydges Sydney (near Central Station at 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia) over 2.5 days on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of October from 8am to 5.30pm and Wednesday 12th from 8.30am to 1.30pm AEST.

As the course is accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association, all face to face course hours need to be completed.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided. Lunch will be served in the delicious Rydges buffet restaurant and dietary requests are catered to by their wonderful chef!

Final virtual classroom:

A final virtual classroom session will take place on Tuesday 25th October 2022 from 6pm to 8pm AEST. This session is not compulsory but is designed to help kick start your career by checking in with you after the training.

What’s included in the CANpractice in-person face to face training?

Have fun learning lymphatic drainage massage (also known as manual lymphatic drainage), compression bandaging, garment prescription and more…

The face to face component is designed to be very practical. You will practice techniques on your peers to ensure you leave confident to start practicing your new skills when you finish the course.

You will learn many skills as part of delivering complex lymphatic therapy. With bandaging, for example, you will learn both multi-layer lymphoedema bandaging and two-layer systems.

For this CANpractice course, focussing on the upper limb, as part of the multi-layer bandaging you will learn how to use foam and short stretch bandages to bandage the arm as well as how to perform a shoulder cap bandage.

For the two-layer systems you will learn how to apply the 2 layer system Compri-2 by Essity.

Learn the little things that make a big difference to your patients!

Did you know that you can provide nipples prothesis (or in other words fake nipples) to women after breast cancer?

Being able to help your patients manage their scar tissue, feel comfortable in a bra and reconnect with their breast following surgery can have a large impact on their quality of life.

Pictured is Pauline with Eliza Chan (Occupational Therapist) and Jackie Eyles (Registered Nurse), enjoying the tactile session on breast garments and prothesis.

Learn in a fun and friendly environment

We invite you to fall in love with lymphoedema and have a wonderful learning experience with us!

Alex Pang (Physiotherapist), pictured here wearing multi-layer lymphoedema bandages of the leg (left) and arm (middle), loved the training that we provided and had fun throughout the course. His peer Eliza Chan is also pictured (right) after she had placed the pneumatic compression pump on Alex.

Learn more about yourself

As part of the CANpractice course you will have your own bioimpedance spectroscopy measurement.

A bioimpedance spectroscopy device measures your fluid and fat levels to give you a measure of your body composition. It is used to detect fluid in limbs and can be a useful tool in the early detection of lymphoedema or monitoring of lymphoedema patients.

Temika Rae Peters (Myotherapist) with Christine having her bioimpedance spectroscopy measured.

CANpractice courses are accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)

The Australasian Lymphology Association is the peak professional body for lymphology in Australia.

The ALA has a paid membership program and a register known as the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR). The NLPR allows practitioners to have their name and practice listed on a national list. Being listed and using the ALA’s “accredited practitioner” logo may assist you in marketing your lymphoedema services.

If joining the NLPR is important to you, we recommend that you confirm your eligibility to join the NLPR before signing up for the course. You can read about the NLPR here.

We look forward to welcoming you on your exciting journey towards becoming a qualified lymphoedema practitioner!


This course is accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association for the Upper Limb Only. You will learn to treat the breast and upper limb which is appropriate if you are working as a Breast Care Nurse and Upper Limb Therapist only. If you need to treat all body areas please complete the full CANpractice course. Alternatively you can complete the Upper Limb course now and the Lower Limb and Head and Neck modules next year.

Accommodation, flights, parking and transfers are not included in the cost of this course. If you require accommodation, please choose accommodation with a fair COVID-19 cancellation policy. If you are travelling from interstate please do not travel with carry-on luggage only. You will have 1-2kg of lymphoedema resources to take home with you that will not fit in a carry-on bag.

If we are unable to proceed due to sudden COVID-19 lockdowns and Australian Government regulations, we will move the course to the next available set of dates or alternatively offer you a refund if online learning has not commenced. Please note that if paying online, STRIPE fees will be incurred in the payment and these fees are not refundable.