Become a Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Practitioner

Are you interested in the lymphatic system?
Do you have clients presenting to your clinic with a history of cancer, lymphoedema, lipoedema or other chronic congestive condition, but you’re unable to treat them because you haven’t yet had the appropriate training?

Then this course might be just what you have been looking for!

It’s more than just Massage

The topics covered include:

  • History of lymphoedema
  • Anatomy and physiology of lymphatics
  • Pathology of oedema, lipoedema and lymphoedema
  • Classification and stages of lymphoedema
  • Treatment of lymphoedema
  • Principles of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy
  • Taking an accurate health history for decongestive conditions
  • Lymphatic drainage techniques and sequence 
  • Case studies
  • Demonstration of bandaging and garments
  • Down to business – how to add this to your service menu, marketing
  • Practical skills assessment during the course
Objective / Learning Outcome:

  • Detailed understanding of the lymphatic system
  • Competent to treat/assess clients with lymph node removal with an effective manual lymphatic drainage, diaphragmatic breathing and other tools
  • Delivery of an effective manual lymphatic drainage to a healthy person
  • Liaising with other medical professionals
  • Recognise that a patient requires referral
  • Work within your scope

Upcoming Locations

Is it difficult to attend courses away from home?

Not any more, I will come to you. While I cannot attend every town, I will endeavour to bring my courses to a town close to you, or get a group of 6 or more together, set a date and I will come to you.

Bundaberg, Qld

Young Australian Hotel
59 Perry Street
North Bundaberg 4570
Ph: 07 4153 1553
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Perth, WA

Australian Institute of Fitness
Mercantile Lane
177 St Georges Terrace

Brisbane, Qld

Carseldine Palms Motel
1631 Gympie Road
Carseldine Qld 4034
ENTRY: 77 Denver Rd, Carseldine
ph: 07 3554 0219
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Sydney, NSW

The Centre
14 Frances St
Randwick NSW 2031
Ph: 02 9398 2211
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Reasonably priced accommodation available here

About your Facilitator


Inflammation is the cause of decompensated heart failure, and lymphatics and their reaction to environment are the primary mediators. This concept is consistent with a new model of disease-regeneration balanced by degeneration with inflammation (lymphatic function) serving as the fulcrum.“

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Jacqui Beutel

My career change came after a long history of working in executive medical administration in both the public and private sector with a strong organisational skill set seeing me organising medical conferences and events and as secretariat for 20+ meetings some months, plus all the other “admin” tasks.

A lot of this time was working around cancer services. I felt there had to be more for the patient going through such a life-altering experience than doctor’s appointments, tests, surgery. The impact on friends and family, with them not knowing how to respond in word or touch and then there were those with nobody at all for support.

I needed a change and this was the perfect next step for me…..

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Students’ Say So…

“Jacqui is a fantastic knowledgeable person. She is always willing to help and advise us and pass on her experience and knowledge.”


Answers to the most commonly asked questions:

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

Who can attend this course?

Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Podiatrists, Remedial Massage Therapists. If you are interested in attending and your vocation is not listed, or you are a carer, please get in touch to discuss.

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)

Is a payment plan available?

An initial deposit of $500 is required to secure your booking. Once received, your textbook and home study will be sent to you. You can then make regular payments as required.

What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

There is a non-refundable admin fee of $250 for any cancellations. In some circumstances, you may be able to transfer your booking to another date or to a colleague, however, you will have a transfer fee of $100 to cover associated costs.

What qualification will this give me?

The Casley-Smith Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy course structure has been rearranged so that the main theory and manual drainage are taught within what will now be called Module A, held over 6 consecutive days. There are also compulsory units of home study.

Module B will cover compression therapy, measuring and special considerations.

This new structure allows massage therapists to function with completion of Module A. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of this module, but obviously cannot be the full ALA accreditation.

It will now be possible to attend Module B at a later date that better suits students.

If Module B is not attended within 2 years, refresher study will be required prior to attendance.

ALA education requirements are periodically reviewed, which may impact all accredited courses. For this reason, it is recommended that graduates from Module A complete Module B as soon as they are able.

When Module B is completed, graduates will receive the certificate recognised by the ALA.

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