Clinical Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course

This course is an “all-inclusive”, evidence-based “learn the lot” course that will teach you all you need to know about manual lymphatic drainage and its safe and effective delivery to clients will all sorts of conditions affecting the lymphatic system.

Already enrolled in, or would love to attend the course ?

Are you interested in the Lymphatic System, but not ready to take on compression therapy?

Do you have clients presenting to your clinic with a history of cancer, lymphoedema, lipoedema or other chronic conditions related to the lymphatic system? Do you lack the intensive training required to safely and effectively treat these people? Maybe you have had basic training and realise that there is more to this than gentle touch. Without expert training, you may be placing your clients at an increased risk of developing or worsening their oedema! 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will:

  • Have a detailed understanding of the Lymphatic System
  • Be able to differentiate between oedema, lipoedema and lymphoedema
  • Understand the relationship and interaction of the lymphatic system with other body systems
  • Will be able to apply critical thinking to determine a safe and effective treatment plan
  • Have practical skills to treat/assess clients with conditions involving the lymphatic system in the upper and lower extremities
  • Understand how medications can affect oedema
  • Understand the benefits of adjunctive treatments such as SIPC, LLLT, kinesiotape
  • Be able to confidentally liaise with other health professionals
  • Recognise when a patient requires referral
  • Work within your scope

Course Delivery

  • Online learning – 3 weeks of virtual learning
  • Zoom session – one evening (6-7pm Qld time) in first week of theory
  • Face-to-Face practical
    • Compulsory attendance at 3 day practical workshop.
    • 8:00am-5:00pm.
    • Practice on 1-2 clients with conditions as a group.
    • Experience sequential intermittent pneumatic compression and the low level laser.
  • After the course
    • You will not have to navigate this alone. I am available to help with client treatment plans including via pre-arranged FaceTime/Zoom sessions with you and your client.
  • Add on compression therapy down the track if and when you are ready


    Dakabin (North Brisbane), Qld – Feb/March 2024

    Fees: $2300 


    please register interest for another workshop via email


    Dakabin (North Brisbane), Qld – October 2024

    Fees: $2300

    Online theory Monday 01 to Thursday 24 October 2024
    Zoom sessions Thurs 03 October 6pm-7pm (Qld time)
    Face-to-face attendance Fri 25 to Sun 27 October 2024
    Venue Watson Park Convention Centre

    Why should I attend this Clinical Manual Lymphatic Drainage Workshop?

    This workshop is intensive. There is a three week block of detailed online learning very similar to the training you require to be a Decongestive Lymphatic Therapist. The only component missing is compression therapy (garments and bandaging) and tuition on performing a vascular assessment which is required to apply compression therapy. At a later stage, you may wish to add in compression therapy. With both certifications, you will be a qualified decongestive lymphatic therapist and can enquire to apply to be a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association.

    This training will allow you to broaden the scope of clients you can treat to include those who have had lymph node removal or damage including surgery and/or radiation for the treatment of cancer; those having multiple surgeries over a period of time where lymphatic pathways and nodes have been disrupted; clients suffering burns, crush fractures and degloving as well as general conditions like sinusitis, headache, acne, immobility, travel.

    Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is just one component of a bigger picture. When done in isolation on a client who has a problem with their lymph nodes (via a congenital cause or through surgery, resection, radiation or trauma) without a thorough understanding of the consequences and contraindications, could inadvertently put them at risk of developing or worsening lymphoedema. You will learn how the lymphatic system works and its relationship to other body systems, with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal systems. This course will teach you how to find the “why” behind your client’s swelling. You will learn what questions to ask, how to drill down, listen to what is not said and read subtle changes. You will apply your critical thinking skills to become quite investigative to identify the root cause to offer your client an evidence-based, person-centred treatment plan. You will learn how to differentiate between oedema, lymphoedema and lipoedema and the importance of referral. You will discover how to incorporate this technique with what you are already doing.

    At the practical workshop students receive a mini treatment to gain a better understanding of what it feels like. You will be able to identify the different techniques and pressures through this experience. Manual lymphatic drainage is about touch, skin texture and pressures, skills that are difficult to learn virtually.

    Please note:

    This is more than just “moving fluid” and “gentle touch”. Classes are small. The training is intensive and you need to be present. I keep the classes to a maximum of 6-8.

    Have you ever attended training in a large class?  It can be difficult to find the time to have your questions answered, you may not feel brave enough to ask a question in a large class for fear of feeling silly and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to have 1:1 with the teacher to check techniques.  Smaller classes give you plenty of time to learn and practice how to safely and effectively deliver Manual Lymphatic Drainage to clients who have cancer or other serious conditions affecting their lymphatic system. Private classes are available.

    Check your suitability

    Please call 0402 988 423 before enrolling in this course to check your suitability. Once you pay for the course and receive learning material, this course is NON-REFUNDABLE.

    Please see Policies and Procedures for further information.


    Answers to the most commonly asked questions:

    If your question is not answered here, please get in touch.

    Who can attend this course?

    Minimum current qualification Diploma of Remedial Massage or member of AHPRA. Unsure, please get in touch to discuss your eligibility to attend this course.



    What do I need to bring?

    • Basic stationery
    • Two bath sheets/sarongs
    • Small bath towel
    • Pillow/cushion
    • Suitable clothing for massaging
    • Cardigan/socks – can get chilly
    • Chinagraph pencil (if you have one)

    Special requirements

    For all training courses, I provide basic foods as one less thing you need to prepare. Morning tea is fruit/vegie platter and biscuits. A basic lunch of cold meats, salads, bread/wraps is provided. Tea and coffee (lactose free, almond, full cream milk) is available all day long. If you have food intolerances please provide your own meals. Where possible, some gluten free is provided.

    What qualification will this give me?

    On successful completion of this course (theory, practical and assessments), graduates will receive a certificate in Clinical Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

    Professional Development hours are available. 


    What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

    Read Policies and Procedures for further information.






    Once you send in your registration form, an invoice will be sent to you. Please pay your initial deposit on receipt of this invoice. Further payments can be made as per the details on the registration form.

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