Upper Limb Advanced Lymphoedema Course

The Level 2 Advanced Upper Limb Lymphoedema Course provides the practitioner with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in the management of complex upper limb and chest wall lymphoedema.

Practitioners will bring to the course expertise and knowledge in various aspects of lymphoedema management. This course will utilise and expand upon this knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning experience and provide the practitioner with training to assess and treat complex upper limb and chest wall lymphoedemas.


This course is open to registered health professionals only (Division 1 Nurses, Medical Practitioners, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists). Participants must have successfully completed a Level 1 (Basic) lymphoedema course or equivalent that meets the ALA Level 1 course guidelines (https://www.lymphoedema.org.au/the-register-updated/ala-recognised-courses/) and had a minimum of 1-year experience (half time) of treating clients with lymphoedema. Participants must have successfully completed a basic Coban 2 workshop. If the participant hasn’t completed a Coban 2 basic workshop go to 3M.com.au/Coban2 to find a workshop.

Please note if you have had treatment for cancer, have lymphoedema or are pregnant please indicate this on the registration form as it may affect your suitability to attend the course.

Course Themes

The course is developed around four themes.

Theme 1

The role of the lymphoedema practitioner and its development.

Theme 2

Lymphoedema knowledge and skill development for:

  • Upper Limb lymphoedema
  • Breast lymphoedema;
  • Complex lymphoedema.

Theme 3

Applied practice. The focus of this theme is in developing skills that are required for clinical practice. It integrates elements from the other 4 themes.

Theme 4

Research and its impact on treatment decision making. This theme will be developed around the topic of electrophysical agents and their role in lymphoedema management.

Course Characteristics

The key characteristics of the advanced upper limb lymphoedema course curriculum are:

Continuum of lymphoedema management education

This course provides opportunities for continuing your development as a lymphoedema practitioner from the basic (level1) lymphoedema course to an advanced lymphoedema practitioner. It also acknowledges that practitioners will bring to the course expertise and knowledge in various aspects of lymphoedema management.

Cased based learning

The course is underpinned by the exploration of lymphoedema management through case studies that will facilitate the integration of information and skills to specific lymphoedema conditions. This will facilitate an authentic learning experience.

Interdisciplinary care

The course fosters an appreciation of interdisciplinary teamwork and explores the roles and the development of lymphoedema practitioners across professions.

Integrated curriculum

The goal of the integrated curriculum of this course is to bring the learner beyond skill and concept acquisition to creativity and evidence-based decision making and implementation in practice.

Course Structure

The Level 2 Advanced Upper Limb Lymphoedema Management Course comprises of a distance learning module and a face to face module.

Distance Learning Module

The distance learning component is included via the Lymphoedema Educations Solutions (LES) online management system and via the e-learning modules provided by Klose Training www.klosetraining.com. It includes readings, online presentations and activities to assist you in developing knowledge on various topics. Your prior learning will influence how much time you will need to spend on each section. There are some activities that will require you to participate in an online discussion with other course participants. The distance learning component is compulsory and will prepare you for the face to face study days. It must be completed prior to the face to face study days. It is estimated that Klose online training can take up to 10 hours to complete. There are approximately another 10 hours of learning via the LES site. The online training modules include:

The Klose and Laser  e-learning component will also include formative online quizzes which you must achieve 80% and you have three chances at achieving this.

The Les Online Learning Management System has numerous articles and resources. Some will be used as you progress through the modules. Others are for you to access if you would like to deepen your knowledge on various topics.

Face-to-Face Module

This consists of 2.0 days. There will be a variety of short quizzes, pair and share and activities at the beginning of various sessions on the study days to formatively evaluate the practitioner’s learning from the distance learning component.

If you are completing the lower limb course there is an overlapping half day.

Dissemination of information and skills is via lectures, activities, practical workshops and group discussion. It is an excellent opportunity for therapists to share their knowledge, skills, ideas and have a forum to troubleshoot difficult aspects of lymphoedema management.

Participants are required to have 100% attendance throughout the face-to-face component.

Learning Activities

Learning activities are developed around the learning objectives for each of the four themes. They are to assist the course participant in gaining the best possible learning experience. Some of the activities will make up part of the assessment of the course. This course provides you with an opportunity to complete learning activities in various ways.


The assessment is to assist the learner in integrating what has been taught. The assessment includes both formative and summative components. There will be a number of opportunities for formative assessment (feedback) both in the distance learning and face to face components. The following tasks make up the course assessment:

  • Klose Training and LES Laser modules quizzes
  • Explore your role as a lymphoedema practitioner and how it can be developed.
  • Critically appraise research articles in relation to electrophysical agents for lymphoedema.
  • Provide evidence of your clinical reasoning for your chosen case study. The first assignment is to be submitted 4 weeks prior to the face to face days and the second assignment 4 weeks after the last day of the face to face study days.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in Coban 2 bandaging and compression garments for a complex lymphoedema case study.

Lymphoedema Resources

There will be an opportunity to look at various resources relevant to lymphoedema and its management these may include books, DVD’s, posters, policy documents etc. Practitioners may have resources that they have found useful and are willing to share with other participants please feel free to bring these along.

Course Inclusions

  • Access to the comprehensive LES online Learning Management System which provides an interactive and collaborative environment;
  • Klose Training online modules (www.klosetraining.com):
    • Axillary Web Syndrome
    • Elastic taping for lymphoedema
  • LES Laser courses 1 and 2
  • Presentations and workshops from experts in lymphoedema management
  • Course handouts for the face to face component;
  • Advanced Coban 2 techniques (including an online module)
  • Sample roll of kinesiotape;
  • All morning/afternoon teas and lunches.
  • Dinner on the Saturday night as part of the laser forum


Maree O’Connor

Maree O’Connor is a physiotherapist and has over 24 years experience in the area of lymphoedema management and also physiotherapy following breast cancer. She has been delivering lymphoedema courses, workshops, seminars and speaking at both national and international conferences since 1994 and has a graduate certificate in health professional education …read more

Sarah Harmon

Sarah Harmon is a physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in lymphoedema management, having worked in both the public and private setting …read more

Dr Vani Prasad

Dr Vani is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Adelaide. He is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australian Lymphology Association and the Plastic Surgery Research Council USA. …read more

Jodie Rundell, Physiotherapist

Jodie Rundell has over 10 years experience working with lymphoedema clients, primarily in the area of oncology related lymphoedema.…read more

Associate Professor Hiroo Suami

Dr Hiroo Suami is an Associate Professor in lymphology in ALERT in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.…read more

Sharon Tilley, Physiotherapist

Sharon Tilley is a Principal Physiotherapist at the Lymphoedema and Laser Therapy clinic in Adelaide, South Australia. .…read more

Course numbers

This course requires a minimum number of 16 participants and has a maximum number of 20.

Lymphoedema Education Solutions Participant Agreement Terms and Conditions

The following agreement is made between the participant registering for the course (as indicated on this registration form) and Lymphoedema Education Solutions (LES).

Course Payment and Refund Policy

On receipt of full payment, each participant will receive a confirmation email and a receipt for payment. A tax invoice will be provided on complete payment of the full course amount.

The total tuition for the course is $900.00. You will be invoiced for the deposit of $450.00 early in 2020 and the invoice for the balance will be issued in June 2020. Payment of the deposit is required to secure your place. The total amount is due four (4) weeks prior to the distance learning component beginning. A place will not be held in the course without confirmation of receipt of a deposit. You will receive the distance learning log in details approximately six (6) weeks prior to the face-to-face study days. Please note that $90.00 (GST inclusive) is non-refundable. After receipt of the distance learning log on details, $300.00 will become non-refundable. Withdrawal of a course participant after the face-to-face study days have started, but prior to 50% completion of the study days, will result in a refund of 50% of the entire tuition. The total amount of$ 900 will become non-refundable after 50% of the class is completed regardless of the reason for withdrawal.


Notification of cancellations must be sent by post or email info@lymphoedemaeducation.com.au. All cancellations incur an administration fee of $90 (GST inclusive).

Places are limited and minimum and maximum course numbers apply. All workshop practical sessions are completed in pairs and therefore even numbers are required.

In the unlikely event of a course being cancelled, prior to commencement of the online learning, all course fees, including the deposit, will be refunded.

Scope of Practice

The applicant acknowledges and understands that the course is designed for practitioners with suitable existing health professional qualifications.  The course description identifies which types of health professional qualifications are required.  The applicant undertakes to the course provider that it is suitably qualified in accordance with the course prerequisites and holds a current registration.

Course Materials

All materials provided in courses and workshops are protected by copyright and intellectual property laws.

Reproduction and re-transmission of the materials, in whole or part, in any manner, without the prior consent of the copyright holder, is a violation of copyright law. Individuals must preserve any copyright or other notices contained in or associated with the materials. Users may not distribute copies to others, whether or not in electronic form, whether or not for charge or consideration, without prior written consent of the copyright holder of the materials.

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