Training and Courses

Training and Courses
New Zealand Courses/ Trainers:
Michele Urlich (Auckland)
Certified Lymphoedema Specialist
Kinesio Taping Instructor
021 494 410
Australian Course Information/ Trainers:
Link to the Australasian Lymphology Association

Lymphoedema Management Training Courses:
The following courses meet the ALA Lymphoedema Course guidelines requirements as listed in the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR) Guidelines document.

Level 1
These courses provide the the practitioner with the basic skills/knowledge to assess and treat uncomplicated lymphoedemas. Experience will give the skills to treat complicated lymphoedema.

Level 2
This course provides the practitioner with training to assess and treat complex lymphoedemas including head and neck, mixed oedema and genital oedema

Lymphoedema Consulting and Training Services: Contact Brenda Lee, Physiotherapist at

Lymphoedema Practitioners Education Group of Victoria  or

Victorian Lymphoedema Practice: Contact Maree O’Connor, Physiotherapist at 
Listing and Links to Lymphoedema therapists, clinics and resources in Australia

Physiotherapy Department Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital: contact Hildegard Reul-Hirche, physiotherapist at Hildegard

Australian Schools and Therapists:

Michael Mason- Adelaide
Mr. Michael Mason, Adelaide Lymphoedema Clinic, 90 Fullarton Rd., Norwood, SA 5067
Ph: (08) 8362 8849; Fax: (08) 8363 3216
Michael Mason resources
International Training Schools:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Decongestive Therapy was developed in the 1930’s by Danish Therapists Emil and Estrid Vodder. It is used in the management of primary and secondary lymphoedema and other indications including acute and chronic oedema, neuromuscular disorders, fascial dysfunction, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, burns , scar therapy, acne, local chronic inflammation, migraine, circulatory disturbances, etc.

The work of Vodder remains the foundation of Lymphoedema Management it is highly regarded and the methods are taught to therapists in Vodder schools around the world. In particular, the Vodder school in Austria.

Vodder School

In the 1980’s, Hungarian professor Michael Foldi developed a variety of techniques building on the work of Vodder into what is now known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for the management of Lymphoedema. His work shaped the four cornerstones of care in lymphoedema management Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Compression therapy, Skin Care and Exercise. The Foldi Clinic in the Black Forest in Germany provides a clinic for lymphoedema patients and training for therapists in Complete Decongestive Therapy and has been responsible for much research in lymphoedema.

Foeldi School

Belgium Lymphology Professor Albert Leduc in the 1980’s built on the work all ready achieved in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and after 30 years of animal and human research soley related to the management of lymphoedema developed the Leduc method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Management of Complex Lymphoedema.

Leduc School

Casley Smith
Developed by Australians John and Judith Casley-Smith drawing on the general principles of Vodder. Pioneers in much lymphoedema research and founders of the Lymphology Association of Australia, their method of Complex Lymphatic Therapy is now taught around the world.

Casley Smith Contact:
Southern Highlands Lymphatic Drainage
ph 02 6286 7030

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