Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Practitioner Course

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Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Practitioner Course

Learning Outcomes

This course spans 135 hours of comprehensive, evidence-based learning that will empower you with the skills and understanding to make a meaningful impact. By the course’s end, you will emerge as a proficient practitioner equipped to address the complexities of the lymphatic system and its interplay with other vital bodily systems, such as cardiovascular, renal, and pulmonary.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll gain:

  • A profound comprehension of the Lymphatic System
  • The ability to distinguish between oedema, lipoedema, and lymphoedema
  • Expertise in applying critical thinking and clinical reasoning to create safe and effective treatment plans
  • Practical skills to assess and treat clients with lymphatic system-related conditions
  • Proficiency in the five key elements of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy, including compression therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, skincare, exercise, and modification of daily activities
  • The competence to perform vascular assessments, ensuring safe implementation of compression therapy
  • Insight into how medications can impact oedema
  • Exposure to adjunctive measures like sequential intermittent pneumatic compression therapy, low-level laser therapy, and Kinesiotape for oedema
  • The ability to recognise when a patient requires referral and work effectively within your scope.


ALA Accredited Training

This course has been accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in accordance with the ALA’s Competency Standards for the following lymphoedema training modules:

Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Training

  • Foundational
  • Upper Limb, Lower Limb
  • Breast and Trunk

Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Advanced Course

  • Head and Neck
  • Genital & Abdomen

Check your eligibility for ALA membership and Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner accreditation with the Australasian Lymphology Association.

Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)

Course delivery is designed to accommodate your needs:

  • Engage with bite-sized online learning modules, allowing flexibility based on your prior knowledge and learning style
  • Connect at weekly zoom sessions during theory component
  • Immerse yourself in a 6-day intensive face-to-face workshop
  • Complete three assessments to solidify your expertise
  • Have 2 hours 1:1 time before or after class (your time, discuss setting up/adding to your business model, fine tune techniques, etc)

Course Delivery

  • Online learning
    • 4 weeks self-paced
    • 10-15 hours / week (depends on prior knowledge / learning style)
  • Weekly group zoom sessions
    • Thursday 6-7pm during online learning
  • Face-to-Face practical
    • Compulsory attendance at 6 day practical workshop
    • Day one starts 10am to allow for early morning flights
    • Final day finishes around 3pm
    • Days in between 8am-5:00pm
    • Practice on clients with conditions as a group
    • Company representatives visit to discuss products
    • Experience hands-on:
      • sequential intermittent pneumatic compression (SIPC)
      • low level laser (LLLT)
      • ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) (vascular assessment)

After the course

You won’t have to navigate this alone. I’m available to help with treatment plans including via pre-arranged FaceTime/Zoom sessions with you and your client.

Mentoring sessions and a social media for group support, brainstorming and sharing of information.

Access a Google drive with course information

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    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 the Cancellation Policy for further information.

    Dates for Training Course

    Dakabin (North Brisbane), Qld - Jul/Aug 2024

    Fees: $3500

    Online theory Monday 15 July to Sunday 11 August 2024
    Zoom sessions Thurs 6pm-7pm (Qld time) (18, 25 July, 01, 08 Aug)
    Face-to-face attendance Mon 19 Aug to Sat 24 Aug 2024
    Venue Watson Park Convention Centre

    2025 Dates coming soon



    Dakabin (North Brisbane), Qld - Oct/Nov 2024

    Fees: $3500

    Online theory Tuesday 01 to Thursday 31 October 2024
    Zoom sessions Thurs 6pm-7pm (Qld time) (3, 10, 17, 24 October 2024)
    Face-to-face attendance Wed 06 Nov to Mon 11 Nov 2024
    Venue Watson Park Convention Centre

    Mastering Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy: Beyond the Basics

    Decongestive lymphatic therapy is a therapeutic protocol comprising 5 components of treatment which include:

    • Compression therapy (bandaging / garments)
    • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
    • Skin care (and precautions)
    • Exercise
    • Home program including modifications of activities of daily living that are integral to each other for the best outcome for those with decongestive conditions.

    The comprehensive training program empowers you to enhance your therapeutic abilities, offering a deep understanding of the lymphatic system. By learning Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT) within a broader healthcare context, you’ll be prepared to address diverse client needs, including those affected by lymphatic system issues due to surgery, radiation therapy, trauma, or common ailments like sinusitis and immobility.

    What sets this course apart is its focus on the “why” behind your clients’ swelling. You’ll develop critical thinking skills, the ability to ask pertinent questions, and an investigative approach to pinpoint the root causes of oedema. Not only will you master manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) techniques, but you’ll also learn to distinguish between oedema, lymphoedema, and lipoedema.

    The practical workshop allows you to gain hands-on experience, refining your tactile understanding of MLD. You’ll learn the nuances of skin texture and precise pressure application, which are best comprehended through in-person training.

    Furthermore, we delve into the world of compression bandaging, covering traditional short stretch bandages, alternative solutions like the Mobiderm system and two-layer systems, as well as innovative options like Fast n Go for self-bandaging. This knowledge ensures you can cater to the unique needs of all your clients, regardless of their location.

    Join us to expand your therapeutic horizons, becoming an expert in decongestive lymphatic therapy and offering personalised, evidence-based care for those in need.

    Please note:

    This training goes beyond basic concepts, offering an immersive experience with small class sizes of 6-8 participants. In larger classes, addressing queries can be challenging, and one-on-one interaction is limited. In contrast, our intimate setting provides ample time to gain the skills and confidence needed for safe and effective Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy. You’ll feel empowered to assist clients with lymphatic system-related conditions. For a personalized touch, private classes are also an option, ensuring your learning needs are met. Join us for an in-depth, personalized approach to mastering Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy.


    Not ready to take on bandaging and garments just yet (or ever)!

    If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of manual lymphatic drainage without delving into bandaging and compression garments just yet, the Clinical Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course is ideal. Here, you’ll gain in-depth insights into working with clients from diverse backgrounds, each with unique lymphatic conditions.

    This course equips you to safely and effectively administer advanced manual lymphatic therapy to a range of clients, including those on a cancer journey after lymph node removal and radiation, individuals with complex comorbidities, and those with traumatic injuries. You’ll understand your scope of practice, recognizing when clients may need compression therapy and how to refer them appropriately.

    Should you choose to explore compression therapy further, a separate option is available, tailored to your schedule. Your journey to becoming a skilled lymphatic therapy practitioner starts here.


    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.

    Special requirements

    Please notify any special requests for learning. 100% attendance is required – please advise any extenuating circumstances that may prevent this. You will give and receive treatments. Classes may be mixed gender.

    What qualification will this give me?

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

    You may also be eligible to apply for accreditation under the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program (ALPP) and inclusion on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR).

    Please visit the ALA website for further information.


    Proud to support and partner with these companies

    Mobiderm - Sponsor of Lymphoedema, Therapy, Training & Education
    Plunketts Pharmaceuticals
    Essity - Sponsor of Lymphoedema, Therapy, Training & Education
    Jobst - Sponsor of Lymphoedema, Therapy, Training & Education

    Join us on a transformative journey where we invite you to discover a world of knowledge, compassion, and professional growth in this accredited course.

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