Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy – Module A



Learn the Fundamentals of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT)

Also known as Complex Lymphatic Therapy (CLT) or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Module A of the Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy course provides the therapist with the theory that underpins lymphostatic diseases and provides sufficient guidelines and practise of manual drainage to enable the therapist to begin working with people with this condition.

At the end of this 6-day course you will have a sound understanding of the lymphatic system, the staging of lymphoedema and associated conditions, the principles behind DLT and treatment options. This will include taking an accurate health history, performing an effective lymphatic drainage and educating your client on their options and self-management. You will also be shown how to add this modality to your service menu including marketing strategies.

$500 deposit is required to secure your place. Full amount to be paid 14 days prior to your course start date.

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Also known as Complex Lymphatic Therapy (CLT) or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy – Module A, is suitable for a variety of health professionals who encounter lymphoedema, and need to know either, how to work safely “around” it, or how to directly treat the symptoms. Experienced lymphoedema-management therapists, who have undergone the accredited Casley-Smith teacher training program, ensure that DLT courses satisfy the education requirements set by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).

This module covers both theory and practical, therefore you will be giving and receiving a massage every day, please have suitable attire for massaging in a mixed class. Due to the workload, it is expected that you will be present and engaged during the training with mobiles and other distractions kept to a minimum for the benefit of the entire class. 100% attendance is required.

For more information on the Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy Course summary please open the following pdf files (note: this may go to your downloads, select and open)
Course summary DLT 2019 – Page 1
Course summary DLT 2019 – Page 2
Course summary DLT 2019 – Page 3

Course Overview

Course Structure – Module A

  • 6 days – 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Workbook / Manual / other resources
  • Lessons delivered via PowerPoint, group interaction, case studies, practical application, guest speaker/clients (when available), short videos
  • Pre-course study and assessment with the compulsory submission of short answer, multiple choice (open book) prior to attending course covering anatomy and physiology, some research questions on the lymphatic system
  • Combination of theory and practical
  • Practical hands-on sequences and techniques for management of lymphoedema and other health issues
  • Demonstration of bandaging, garments and other useful tools/resources
  • Practical assessment of the technique
  • Case studies
  • Module A – Certificate of Attendance with a pass

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

What Topics are Covered?

  • 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

How will I be assessed for competency?

  • Home study
  • Practical technique assessment based on a scenario
  • Class engagement in case studies
  • Attendance – please see your instructor if you have extenuating circumstances

What do I need to bring?

  • Basic stationery
  • Two bath sheets/sarongs (one under, one over)
  • Small bath towel
  • Pillow/cushion x 2
  • Suitable clothing for massaging
  • Cardigan/socks – rooms can get chilly
  • Chinagraph pencil (if you have one)


Who can attend this training?

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 qualification will this training 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.

Can I be a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)?

Once you have completed and passed both Modules, as well as have a recognised qualification as listed on the ALA website, you may apply. Please see the ALA website for details. “Full membership of the ALA is open to health professionals with a substantial interest in lymphology or lymphoedema who is working in a clinical, research or education field. Evidence required on initial registration – one of the following:

Tertiary qualification in a health-related field at a qualification level equivalent to  Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5 (Diploma)* or above (or) Current national registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) or under the New Zealand Health Practitioner Competency Act (HPCA)” ALA website.

Can I be listed on the NLPR?

To be listed on the NLPR you will need to have completed and passed both Modules, have a recognised qualification and meet rigorous standards set out by the NLPR. Please refer to the ALA website for more details.

Do I have to complete the second Module?

It is highly recommended that you complete Module B to receive your full qualification. We would suggest doing this within one year. If after this time, then you can attend module A at a nominal fee to refresh your learning.

Is a refresher course available?

Yes, after you have completed the first Module, you can re-attend this course at any venue with your trainer, for a nominal fee, whenever it suits you. Transport, accommodation and all associated expenses to attend this refresher need to be met by you.

It is recommended that you attend a refresher course every two years to keep abreast of changes. This is for a nominal fee.

I need to cancel/change my booking?

Please refer to the “Terms and Conditions” tab.

Terms & Conditions

Once you have ticked the box which says ‘I have read and accepted the conditions” you are then deemed to be legally bound by these terms and conditions.

If you do not understand any of the terms and conditions, please contact us by phone on 0402 988 423 or email This will enable us to clarify your query prior to you accepting the terms and conditions set out below.

Courses run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers. Please see ‘Refund / Cancellation Policy’ below for further details.


Before enrolling in a course, please ensure that you are aware of the course Terms and Conditions.

Cancellation – MORE THAN 2 full weeks
before course commencement:

  • transfer to another date at no charge
  • cancel your booking and organise a refund (less $50 admin fee, less bank fees)
  • if you have received the textbook and it is still wrapped, you can return this to me for a full refund
  • if you have received the textbook and you have opened it, the cost will be deducted from your refund
  • transfer to a colleague (including any resources sent to you)

Cancellation – 14 DAYS OR LESS before course commencement:

  • transfer to another date – no fee
  • cancel your booking (the deposit of $500 is non-refundable)
  • transfer to a colleague (including any resources sent to you)
  • a transfer or refund is not possible if you fail to attend a course

If Lymphoedema Therapy, Training & Education cancels:

  • all courses run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers
  • if a course is cancelled you will be notified as soon as practical. Choose to have your fees refunded or transferred to another course if available
  • any travel, accommodation, meal fees, etc will not be reimbursed
  • your bank fees will be deducted from the refund amount, unopened textbooks can be returned for a full refund


Once the course has started:

  • NO refund is available once training commences
  • possibility of transfer to another date – no fee


Disclaimer for Participants:

  • Special requirements: notify of any impairments or disabilities that need consideration, environmental allergies that may affect learning and your ability to participate in practical components
  • Catering: notify of any special dietary requirements and in the case of severe food allergies, it is advised to provide your own meals
  • Goal: to deliver information in an easy to understand manner with examples and hands-on teaching and learning
  •  Formal assessments and evaluations may be required during these courses
  •  Classroom participation is encouraged for face-to-face courses
  • 100% attendance is required. Absence of more than 4 hours will exclude certification. Please discuss extenuating circumstances with your lecturer
  •  A Certificate of Attendance will be issued


Lymphoedema Therapy, Training and Education maintains attendance records. It is the responsibility of the registrant to retain all documentation, including a certificate of attendance and synopsis of Course and your registration receipts for future reference (taxation purposes and certification audits).

These records will include participant records (registration form, certificate of attendance) and course content for each workshop. A copy will be made and filed under course name, date, town and will be accessible at any time to any bodies requiring proof of attendance.


Please keep a copy of the flyer, agenda, Certificate of Attendance as proof of attendance.

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