Early Intervention Lower Limb Oedema Course

Last updated: September 6, 2021
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Chronic oedema is a common problem within the ageing population. By improving your skills in managing its presentation in the lower limb of those you see in your daily practice, you can assist in addressing this problem and reducing the impact on a person’s health, activities of daily living and independence.

The chronic below knee management course provides the health professional with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning in the management of mild, uncomplicated below knee chronic oedema.

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

It is ideal for those working as part of a community organisation, delivering services through home care, general practitioner practices and for residential aged care facilities.

For those wanting skills to manage chronic oedema of the entire lower limb, and more advanced below knee oedema, the Chronic Oedema Lower Limb Course is the most appropriate course. For further information on this course click on the tab below.

The course is developed around themes.
Theme 1

Knowledge development in the following areas:

  • Basic Anatomy and physiology of the vascular and lymphatic system;
  • Pathophysiology of chronic oedema in the lower limb;
  • Oedema differential diagnosis;
  • Assessment of mild below knee chronic lower limb oedema;
  • Management of mild below knee chronic oedema in the lower limb. It will also include an overview of management solutions that might be required for more severe chronic oedema.
  • Working within scope of practice and identification of when to refer on.

Theme 2

Chronic oedema skill development in the following areas;

  • Assessment;
  • Treatment of mild below-knee chronic oedemas.

Theme 3

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

The key characteristics of the Chronic Oedema Below Knee Management course curriculum are:

Cased Based Learning The course is underpinned by the exploration of chronic oedema management through case studies that will facilitate the 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. It also achnowledges scope of practice and working within and identifying when to refer on.

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. Maree enjoys teaching and is passionate about making it an authentic learning experience. She is the co-author of the Lymphoedema Handbook.

Maree has worked in both the private and public sectors and established the first comprehensive lymphoedema clinic at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 1994. Whilst she was there she assisted in establishing the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Fund. Her involvement in lymphoedema has not only been from a clinical perspective. She was part of the steering committee that established the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and was their first president. At a state level Maree has a close association with the Lymphoedema Practitioners Education Group of Victoria and served on their committee for many years as well as serving as president. She has also been on numerous committees and working parties in relationship to lymphoedema both at a state and federal level.

She is past chairperson of the ALA Education Training Guidelines Subcommittee and of the ALA National lymphoedema Practitioners Register Committee of Management. Maree is also on the executive committee for the Australian Lymphoedema Framework. She co-chairs the education committee for the International Lymphoedema Framework.

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.

As medical officer at the Lymphoedema Services, Ballarat Health she is involved in clinical assessment of the index condition (Lymphoedema), and assessment of co-morbidities, which impact on management and treatment, for more complex patients attending the clinic.

Non-clinical responsibilities are in the areas of education at all levels (patients, community and professional) and research. Susan has attended, and presented at, national and international conferences on lymphoedema. She is interested in the overlap between lymphoedema and oedema in obesity.

The course is divided into sections and each section has a self-paced component and a virtual component.

The course is underpinned by evidence-based learning and the content reflects the current best practice in chronic oedema management.

Self-Paced Online Learning

The self-paced online learning component is delivered via the Lymphoedema Education Solutions learning management system. This component is compulsory and will prepare you for the virtual sessions. It is estimated that it will take approximately 10 hours to complete. The modules need to be completed before the virtual sessions and this is a prerequisite. As part of the self-paced learning, you will explore a case study from assessment to management. This will be discussed as part of the virtual sessions.

Virtual Classroom

It is envisaged that course participants will conduct this portion in their workplace so they can pair with another person who is attending the course. The virtual classroom is made up of 4 sessions that covers 1.5 days. Participants are required to have 100% attendance throughout the virtual learning.

Session 1

1 hour in duration and develops the participant’s clinical reasoning around assessment utilizing the case study from the self-paced online course.

Session 2

This is a 1 day virtual workshop that includes practical sessions where the participant’s manual skills and clinical reasoning will be developed. This includes circumference measuring, palpation, exercise prescription, manual lymphatic drainage, wrap, and garment application and management decision making. During these sessions the participant will be required to expose to just above the knee. Comfortable clothes is essential to allow this.

Session 3 & 4 are focused on assessing your skills and making sure that you are feeling confident Refer to assessment session for further details).

Assessment is included in both of the self-paced learning and virtual online learning components of the course.

Self-paced learning Assessment

The modules include formative online quizzes that you must achieve 80%. You have 3 attempts to complete each quiz.

Virtual Online Course

Session 3 – To check specific knowledge each course participant will be invited to  book into a 20-minute session oral assessment. This will be marked against an assessment rubric. The participant be asked questions regarding a specific case study. This will include questions around educating a client about chronic oedema, sizing compression garments and providing education about wearing and looking after a compression garment.

Session 4 – Participants will work in pairs and the following assessments will be undertaken.

  • Circumference assessment activity
  • Apply and remove a compression garment to another participant. The participant then applies and removes the compression garment to themselves.
  • Apply and remove a compression wrap to another participant.
  • Manual lymphatic drainage for a below knee case study.

Clinical Reasoning Assignment

The participant assesses a client and formalises a treatment plan including sizing for a garment. This is submitted online.

The cost of the course is $990 AUD. It includes:

  • 9 month access to the comprehensive LES online Learning Management System, which provides an interactive and collaborative environment.
  • Printed course manual for the virtual course component.

  • The opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills in oedema management of mild below knee chronic oedema for the ageing population. This includes assessment, manual lymphatic draining, compression wrap / garment prescription and application.
  • Resources to enable you to get started upon successful course completion. The participant will also have unlimited access to the course dedicated online resource hub.
  • A unique mentoring program for each course participant. Following completion of the virtual part of the course the participant will have access to 30 minute online meeting every month for 6 months with Maree O’Connor Physiotherapist to discuss client assessment and management issues.

A training kit is required for the virtual practical component of the course. This kit will be a useful resource following the course to assist with training care workers in your organisation and showing products to clients. This should be purchased by your organisation. Click below for details.

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.

The 50% deposit is required to secure your place with the balance due four (4) weeks prior to the commencement of the self-paced online learning component requesting the deposit. A place will not be held in the course without confirmation of receipt of a deposit. You will receive the log in details approximately four (4) weeks prior to the virtual component of the course this will allow 4 weeks to work through the self-paced online component of the course. Please note that $90.00 (GST inclusive) is non-refundable. After receipt of the learning log in details 50 % of the course cost will become non-refundable. The total amount will become non-refundable after the commencement of the virtual online sessions regardless of the reason for withdrawal.

It is the course participant’s responsibility to acquire the training kit prior to the virtual component of the course. The participant will be unable to commence the virtual component without the training kit.

Course cancellation

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 that are supplied as itemised in the inclusions 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 online via Zoom meetings with other course participants and presenters.  We may give your details to course sponsors unless you ask us not to.  Please ask us if you have any queries about providing your personal information.