Level 1 – Chronic Oedema Lower Limb (COLL) Course

Level 1 – Chronic Oedema Lower Limb (COLL) Course

The COLL Course provides the practitioner with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in the management of chronic oedema in the lower limb. Each practitioner brings with them a wealth of knowledge in assessing and managing a variety of health conditions. This course will utilise and expand upon their current knowledge and skills to facilitate their learning experience. It is hoped on completion it will have stimulated and enticed the practitioner to further explore various aspects of oedema management and their role as a practitioner working in this area.

Unique to LES

LES offers a unique opportunity to participate in small group online mentoring sessions to discuss their current cases over a 6 month period on completion of the course. This provides participants with a chance to further improve clinical reasoning and management of clients.

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This course is open to registered health professionals only (Division 1 Nurses, Medical Practitioners, Occupational Therapists,  Physiotherapists and Podiatrists). 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.

The course is developed around four themes.
Theme 1

The role and development of the practitioner working with chronic oedema in the lower limb.

Theme 2

Knowledge development in the following areas:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the vascular and lymphatic system;
  • Pathophysiology of chronic oedema in the lower limb;
  • Oedema differential diagnosis;
  • Assessment of chronic lower limb oedema;
  • Psychosocial aspects of chronic lower limb oedema;
  • Management of chronic oedema in the lower limb.

Theme 3

Chronic oedema skill development in the following areas;

  • Assessment;
  • Treatment of lower limb chronic oedemas.

Theme 4

Applied practice. The focus of this theme is in developing skills that are required for clinical practice. It integrates elements from the other 3 themes and has a focus on clinical reasoning.

The key characteristics of the COLL course curriculum are:

Continuum of Health Professional Education

The course provides opportunities for developing the practitioner’s education in chronic oedema management taking into account their profession and at the same time acknowledging that each practitioner will bring to the course expertise and knowledge in a variety of areas.

Cased Based Learning

The course is underpinned by the exploration of chronic oedema management through case studies that will facilitate integration of information and skills to specific chronic oedema 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 practitioners across professions. The participant will have specific areas of expertise that they can draw upon and assist other learners.

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.

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

Jan Rice

Jan trained at The Alfred hospital and progressed through various training programs to eventually study Plastic Surgery Nursing. This led her into wound management in a formal sense in 1993 when she joined Wound Foundation of Australia. She holds a Masters in Wound Care …read more

Dr Sue Hodson

Medical Officer, Lymphoedema Services, Ballarat Health

Susan is an inspirational educator and an experienced GP who gained experience in the field of Lymphoedema while working at Mercy Lymphoedema Clinic, from March 2003 – Nov 2007 …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

The course is divided into sections. Each section has a distance learning component and a face to face component. The course is underpinned by evidence based learning and the content reflects the current best practice in chronic oedema management.

Distance Learning Component

The distance learning component is included via Lymphoedema Educations Solutions (LES) online Learning Management System and via the e-learning modules provided by internationally recognised Klose Training www.klosetraining.com and 3M. 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 is estimated that the Klose online training can take up to 24 hours to complete and the 3M online module 6 hours. There are approximately another 15 hours of learning via the LES Learning Management System. You will be given access to the distance learning program approximately 6 weeks prior to the face to face study days.

The Klose and 3M e-learning component will also include formative online quizzes which you must achieve 80% and you have three chances at achieving this. There will also be a variety of short quizzes, pair and share and activities at the beginning of various sessions on the study days to formatively evaluate your learning from the distance-learning component.

As you work through the online modules you will be asked to complete the Klose Training home study module, the 3M modules or visit various websites to complete activities.

The Klose training and 3M modules must be successfully completed prior to the face-to-face days. This is a prerequisite to attend the face-to-face study days.

Face-to-Face Component 

The face-to-face component is made up of 4.5 study days (40 hours). Dissemination of information and skills is via interactive lectures, activities, practical workshops and group discussion. It is an excellent opportunity for you to share your knowledge, skills, ideas and have a forum to troubleshoot a variety of aspects of chronic oedema management. The information for the face-to-face component will be given out on the face-to-face study days.

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

The assessment of this course assists 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.

Formative Assessment:

  • Facilitates the development of self-assessment (reflection) in learning;
  • Encourages educator and peer dialogue around learning;
  • Provides opportunities to close the gap between current and desired performance;
  • Delivers high quality information to participants about their learning;
  • Encourages positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem; and
  • Provides information to educators that can be used to help shape the teaching.

Summative Assessment

The summative assessment tasks allow the learner to show that they have gained mastery of content, knowledge, and skills. It is another opportunity for the learner to be aware of what they have a good grasp of and what requires further exploration.

The summative assessment will comprise of:

  • Online quizzes for each of the online modules of Klose Training and 3M;
  • Practical examination of manual lymphatic drainage and bandaging for a specific case study;
  • Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) that will have three stations which will assess the following topics:
  • Fitting a compression garment and teaching the examiner how to apply and remove it with appropriate home instructions;
  • Measuring the circumferences of a limb and locating the pedal pulses;
  • Theory examination.
  • Case study assignment that will be due 4 weeks after completion of the face-to-face study days. This will require the practitioner in their workplace to assess and develop a treatment plan for a client with chronic lower limb lymphoedema. Detailed assessment criteria will be provided.

Upon successfully completing the course the participant will be provided with a certificate of completion.

Participants who fail any part of the summative assessment will need to be re-examined in that part within six months of the original exam at the participant’s expense. If the participant fails again it is recommended that the participant repeat the entire course. If the participant is unable to meet with the instructor for the exam due to geographic reasons then a suitably qualified instructor will be appointed to officiate at the examination.

This course requires a minimum number of 14 participants and has a maximum number of 20.

  • Access to the comprehensive LES online Learning Management System, which provides an interactive and collaborative environment
  • Klose and 3M online training
  • Course material for the face-to-face component
  • The opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills in oedema management including assessment, manual lymphatic draining, basic wound management, compression bandaging, fit and experience applying compression garments
  • Exploring other treatment options such as compression wraps and intermittent pneumatic compression
  • Resources to enable you to get started upon successful course completion
  • Access to companies that provide products used in chronic oedema and wound management
  • All morning / afternoon teas and lunches during the face-to face component

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

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.

Upon registration, the Participant will receive an email with details confirming when payment of the deposit and balance is due. The total amount is due prior to commencing the course. A place will not be held in the course without the Participant being sent confirmation of receipt of a deposit. $90.00 (GST inclusive) of the deposit is non-refundable. Full payment must be received for the Participant to access the course.  The full cost of the course will become non-refundable from the commencement date of the online learning. The date when online learning commences is included in the course information. 

If the Participant is travelling from interstate and are unable to attend due to border closures, they can request to either transfer their deposit or full payment to another LES training program by email info@lymphoedemaeducation.com.au.


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.

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 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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We respect your personal information and your privacy is important to us. We will use our best efforts to protect your personal information from unauthorised access.  We may use your personal information to contact you from time to time about products and services we think you may be interested in.  Part of the course involves communicating via email with other course participants and for this reason you agree that your email address may be shared with other course participants.  We may give your details to course sponsors and exhibitors unless you ask us not to.  Please ask us if you have any queries about providing your personal information.

Course dates

Melbourne April – June 2021

  • Distance learning: starts 21st April 2021 (6 weeks prior to the face-to-face block)
  • Face-to-face dates block: Wednesday 2nd June to Sunday 6th June 2021
  • Registration: Wednesday 2nd June between 8.00 – 8.30 am
  • Course times: 8.15am – 5.30 pm approximately except the final day which will finish at approximately 12.30pm
  • Location: The Tudor, Box Hill

This course is accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in accordance with the ALA’s Competency Standards  and upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be eligible to be registered on the ALA National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register as a Category 1 practitioner. Details can be found at http://www.lymphoedema.org.au/the-register-updated/for-health-professionals/

Melbourne April – June 2021 Level 1 Lower Limb Course is fully booked. Please complete the expression of interest form below and we will contact you when future dates are released.

Melbourne September – November 2021

  • Distance learning: starts 29 September 2021
  • Face-to-face dates block: Wednesday 10 November to Sunday 14 November 2021
  • Registration: Wednesday 10 November between 8.00 – 8.30 am
  • Course times: 8.15am – 5.30 pm approximately except the final day which will finish at approximately 12.30pm
  • Location: The Tudor, Box Hill
  • Cost: $2,100.00 inc GST

This course is accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in accordance with the ALA’s Competency Standards  and upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be eligible to be registered on the ALA National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register as a Category 1 practitioner. Details can be found at http://www.lymphoedema.org.au/the-register-updated/for-health-professionals/

Expression of interest