Accredited Training Provider

Susan Butcher of Lymphoedema Lipoedema Education Services is presenting the Lymphoedema Accreditation qualification course, recognised by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and designed for a range of health professionals, including but not limited to, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurse, Osteopath, Medical Doctors, Speech Pathologists, Podiatrists, Massage and Myotherapists, and Occupational Therapists. It will give participants the opportunity to play a leading role in this underserviced area of the health landscape.

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Lymphoedema Accreditation

  • Enrolment applications open now
  • Online (100hrs) start Mar 4th 2024
  • Face to face component (35hrs) May 20th to 24th 2024
  • Upper and Lower Modules combined. Does not include Head and Neck Module
  • $3950. (Call 03 9641 9988 to discuss payment plan)
  • Face to Face Location: Oedema Institute , Suite 4 M-City Medical , 2107 Dandenong Road, Clayton VIC 3168.

The online component to this course will include 100hrs then 5 days face to-face. 80% pass is required on the online component before attending the face-to-face sessions. This evidence-based program will focus on the most up-to-date management pathways in treating Lymphoedema, Lipoedema and oedema related to vascular pathologies.

Do you have questions about a payment plan? Would you like to register for the course? Then contact us now and get all the information you need.


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On completion of the Lymphoedema training course participants will gain:

  • A solid understanding of the Anatomy/Physiology of the Lymphatic System
  • Define the different types of oedema conditions
  • Demonstrate bandaging skills for both short stretch and 2 layer coban application
  • Provide a solid understanding of garment classification and different types of garment use in Lymphoedema management.
  • Integrate the skills to plan a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for a person at risk of or living with lymphoedema and chronic oedemas using latest evidence
  • interpret assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to develop an evidence-based person-centred intervention plan
  • understand the revised anatomy and physiology (Starlings forces) of the lymphatic system
  • define the prospective surveillance and early intervention model of care in cancer rehabilitation and how this can be integrated into healthcare settings
  • discuss individual and social impact of lymphoedema and chronic oedema models of care and how latest imaging assessments can change clinical practice
  • demonstrate evidenced based best practice management skills for the assessment and management of treating lymphoedema of the head and neck, upper limb and breast, lower limb and genital regions
  • demonstrate safe, effective, hand skills and competencies in delivering Manual Lymphatic Massage techniques to treat lymphoedema of the head and neck, upper limb and breast, lower limb and genital regions
  • access to measuring and treatment equipment devices for the use in Lymphoedema treatment and management.
  • Contraindications to treatment and management pathways.

This Lymphoedema Accreditation Training Course on lymphoedema education incorporates a foundation module which is completed on line. This is a mandatory unit and must be completed before starting the regional modules.

1. Foundational Module

  • Fundamentals of Lymphoedema Treatment Management
  • Clinical and history assessment
  • Various oedema conditions
  • Lymphatic System anatomy/physiology
  • Assessment tools and modalities

2. Regional Modules

  • Lymphoedema Training for the Upper Limb and Breast
  • Lymphoedema Training for the Lower Limb and Genital Region

Pricing for the complete course is $3950.

These training units incorporate online interactive sessions and face-to-face learning. Case studies and assessments will be included. Time with the instructor through zoom meetings will be allocated. Each regional unit has been designed as a stand-alone unit with all participants required to complete the Foundational units.

It is possible to take one only of the regional units if appropriate to the particular profession

Upper Limb Module (includes the 100hrs mandatory online foundational module, plus 2 days in person)

  • $2490
  • Typically may suit physio, breast care nurse

Lower Limb Module (includes the 100hrs mandatory online foundational module, plus 2.5 days in person)

We also have the Head and Neck Module 

  • 2 days face to face
  • Must be recognised by ALA as a lymphoedema therapist

This could also be done in combination with the foundational module which would typically suit a speech therapist and cost $2490

ALA Accredited Training Provider

Susan Butcher has been working in the health profession for the past 20 years. She was the proprietor and operator of Lymphatic Services Australia, a multispecialty group of therapists that treated muscular and oedematous diseases. In 2010, Susan completed her training as a lymphoedema therapist, and in 2012, she became a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).

Following her tenure on many ALA committees, Susan was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017 and served on it until 2023. Susan's board role enables her to be proactive in networking and educating medical health professionals about lymphoedema awareness. Additionally, she became involved with advocacy campaigns within Cancer Council for better services in regional Australia.

In 2020, Susan started working as the Clinical Manager at the Oedema Institute, a learning and treatment centre located in Melbourne. The institute provides a service for treatment and management for patients with lymphoedema and oedema related pathologies. Susan has presented both nationally and internationally on lymphoedema and lipoedema, bringing her own knowledge and evidence-base findings to her audience.

Susan relocated to Albury/ Wodonga to focus on education and awareness of lymphoedema, delivering one day workshops and full accreditation courses for health professionals in both regional and metropolitan areas of Australia. She is passionate about making a difference in patient treatment outcomes - whether teaching a class or in her own clinic.

The Oedema Institute is a comprehensive, state of the art clinic in Monash, Melbourne, Australia, purpose built for the treatment and management of oedema associated with lymphoedema, lipoedema and vascular pathologies. Leaders in research and education, and suppliers and expert fitters of compression and specialty garments.

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Lymphatic Massage Workshop

Lymphatic Massage Workshop

This workshop will enhance practitioners understanding of the changes and why it is important to view the lymphatic system differently to a toxic waste disposal. Other areas addressed in the workshop will be hand pressure, techniques and the directional lymphatic pathway that leads to better patient outcome.


At the Oedema Institute, we offer Lymphatic Massage education accredited by the Myotherapy Association of Australia, along with a variety of other in-demand education and workshops eligible for CPE points and highly beneficial for any resume. Additionally, our facility serve as the venue for Lymphoedema training courses provided by an accredited training provider recognized by the Australasian Lymphology Association.
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