Training and Courses
New Zealand Courses/ Trainers:
Lymphoedema therapists listed on this website need to have completed a course approved by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA). Approved courses are listed here.
Lymphoedema Consulting and Training
Level One course available for the Treatment and Management of Lymphoedema
May 4th - 9th 2020, Nelson
For registered allied health professionals.
Approved provider Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).
Courses are run according to need in NZ.
Yvonne Ferguson, Physiotherapist
Lymphoedema Consulting and Training (NZ)
Australian Course 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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