Training and Courses

New Zealand Courses/ Trainers:

Alert Education

Australian Lymphoedema Education Research and Treatment Program


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Our ALERT Lymphoedema accreditation training includes a mixed-methods approach of lymphoedema education incorporating:

Foundation units
LYMP8001 - Principles of Lymphoedema Management
LYMP8002 - Contemporary Evidence in Lymphoedema Management

Regional units 
LYMP8003 - Lymphoedema Practice for the Upper Limb, Breast and Trunk
LYMP8004 - Lymphoedema practice for the Lower Limb, Genital and Abdomen Region
LYMP8005 - Lymphoedema Practice of the Head and Neck Region 

The two foundational units (LYMP8001 and LYMP8002) will be delivered via online learning. You will receive access to the online units once we receive your deposit.

The three regional units will be delivered via a combination of online learning and face-to-face practical learning.

In conjunction with Yvonne Ferguson (Lymphoedema Consulting and Training) we are delighted to offer the following training programmes:

15 May - 18 May 2023 Lymphoedema Accreditation Training
Face-to-face practical learning (LYMP8003/LYMP8004) 

Venue: Four Seasons, Auckland

17 May - 18 May 2023
Lymphoedema Practice of the Head and Neck Region
Face-to-face practical learning (LYMP8005)

Venue: Four Seasons, Auckland

To register:
Download the pdf flyer here 


Australian Course Information
Head and Neck Lymphoedema Module
3 - 5 March 2023

Registrations are now open for the Head and Neck Lymphoedema Training Module at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
The course includes an online pre-learning component that commences in the week of 9 January 2023. This course is open to Medical Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses and Speech Pathologists.
No prior lymphoedema training is required.
Please contact via email to register or request further information. 

Lymphoedema Management Training Courses:
The  courses listed on the ALA approved courses website 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.

International Training Schools:
There are a number of international training schools. Please check which of these schools provide training that is recognised by the ALA approved course.

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 Földi 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 Földi 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

Leduc (Lympho Kinetics)
Belgium Lymphology Professor Albert Leduc in the 1980’s built on the work already achieved in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. After 30 years of animal and human research solely related to the management of lymphoedema, he 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 

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