The Therapeutic Laser (PBM) Course Series

Therapeutic laser is increasingly being used in the management of lymphoedema and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Practitioners need to keep abreast of the latest research and clinical applications. The 2020 Therapeutic Laser Course Series aims to provide:

  • The latest information on therapeutic lasers: the physiological effects of laser, laser safety parameters and dosages.
  • High-quality professional development with the latest research and clinical applications.
  • Access to knowledge, experience and tools and the opportunity learn more about this subject via flexible learning approach

There are different prerequisites for each course which reflects the scope of practice of these health professionals.


Laser Course 1 

Introduction to Therapeutic Photobiomodulation (PBM) Safety Parameters and Dosages: How to get to where you want to be

No prior lymphedema certification is required.

This course is offered to all Medical Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Podiatrists, Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapy Assistants, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Nursing students and students undertaking health professional qualifications.

Note: It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.


Laser Course 2

The use of PBM (low level laser) in the management of lymphoedema

This course is an advanced level class. Participants should have successfully completed a level 1 or equivalent lymphoedema course that is recognised by the Australasian Lymphology Association.

Participants can be physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, registered nurses ( Division 1), or massage therapists with Diploma of Remedial Massage (this is a minimum requirement) from a Registered Training Organisation listed with the National Training Information Service and may include qualifications that specify a primary modality such as ‘Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy).

Note: It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.

Please note participants that want to register for Laser Course 2 must complete Laser Course 1 first.


Laser Course 3 

The use of PBM (low level laser) in the management of musculoskeletal conditions

This course is open to medical practitioners, occupational therapists and physiotherapists

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.

Please note participants that want to register in Laser Course 3 must complete Laser Course 1 first.


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These are self-paced online courses are hosted on the Lymphoedema Education Solutions on line Learning Management System. They are delivered via short videos to engage the learner as well as scaffolded by the evidence based research and each includes a short quiz that need to be successfully completed.

The participant will have 90 days access to the online learning units.

Laser Course 1 Introduction to Therapeutic Photobiomodulation (PBM) Safety Parameters and Dosages: How to get to where you want to be.

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe basic laser physics.
  • Describe the physiological changes that laser can produce.
  • Suggest the safety issues of using therapeutic laser.
  • List the contraindications and precautions for therapeutic laser use
  • Identify the potential adverse effects.
  • Carry out dosage calculations.
  • Identify factors that affect dosage choice.
  • Describe the applications of several different laser units currently used clinically.

Laser Course 2 The use of PBM (low level laser) in the management of lymphoedema

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the current research relating to PBM and lymphoedema management
  • Apply treatment protocols for the use of therapeutic laser with:
    • Upper limb and breast lymphoedema
    • Lower limb lymphoedema
    • Breast oedema
    • Head and neck lymphoedema
    • Axillary web syndrome
  • Carry out dosage calculations for lymphoedema and axillary web syndrome case studies
  • Troubleshoot PBM treatment progression

Laser Course 3 The use of PBM (low level laser) in the management of musculoskeletal conditions

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Carry out dosage calculations for using laser in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Describe the difference between bio-stimulation and bio-inhibition application of laser
  • Identify factors that affect dosage choice with these conditions.
  • Describe the applications of several different laser units currently used clinically for these conditions
  • Apply treatment protocols for the use of therapeutic laser with:
  • Cervical spine arthropathy
  • Hip tendinopathy
  • Shoulder tendinopathy

$88 (inc GST) per course

Sharon Tilley is a Principal Physiotherapist at the Lymphoedema and Laser Therapy clinic in Adelaide, South Australia. Together with Flinders University this clinic undertook inaugural research investigating the effects of low level laser on breast cancer related lymphoedema in 1995.

In 1989, while working in the position of Outpatient Senior at the Royal Darwin Hospital she purchased her first laser for use in the area of hand rehabilitation and wound management. She has predominantly worked in the area of lymphoedema management since 2000 and now has 11 lasers in her current clinic.

She has been published in the UK Journal of Lymphoedema and has presented for, and held committee positions within the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Australasian Lymphology Association and the Australian Medical Lasers Association. She was recently invited to present a workshop on the use of laser in lymphoedema management at the World Association Of Laser Therapy in Washington DC.

The following agreement is made between the participant registering for the course (as named in their registration form) and Lymphoedema Education Solutions (LES).

Scope of Practice

The participant 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 participant agrees that they are suitably qualified in accordance with the course prerequisites and holds a current registration.

Payment and Refund Policy 

Upon registration, the participant will receive an email to confirm the details of their registration. Within 48 hours of registration and receipt of full payment, the participant will receive a tax invoice via email and the course will be added to the participant’s dashboard.

If the participant cancels prior to the tax invoice being sent, the participant will be refunded the tuition electronically within 10 business days, minus a non-refundable administrative charge of $50.00AUD. No refunds will be given after participant has been provided access to the course.

Cancellations

Notification of cancellations must be sent by post or email info@lymphoedemaeducation.com.au.

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.

Privacy Policy

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

Participant login email

The participant must take care when entering their email account when registering and purchasing so they receive all correspondence from LES including acknowledgement of registration, receipt of purchase and login access to the LES online learning platform.

For each course, students must successfully complete the course online quiz to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Upon completion of each course and successfully passing the course quiz, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying online course hours. Each of the three Therapeutic Laser online courses offer 5 contact hours of online continuing education.

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