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MO1019 - Oedema and Lymphoedema

Credit points: 0.5
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This module has been developed specifically for allied health professionals in the following professions; Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. (Note: no podiatrist)

This module focuses on the development of participants' clinical knowledge and skills in the management of chronic oedema and lymphoedema in rural generalist practice. Participants will develop skills in assessment, prescription, fitting and monitoring of compression garments for clients with stabilised chronic oedema and lymphoedema. Participants will also develop an understanding of risk assessment and referral pathways to expert service providers. This module requires participants to be enrolled in the Queensland Health Allied Health Professions Compression Garment Selection, Fitting and Monitoring Education Program made available via the Queensland Health's iLearn@QHealth platform which can be found at https://ilearn.health.qld.gov.au/d2l/login. Participants are responsible for ensuring they are practicing in accordance with the regulatory instruments of their specific allied health profession, within their own personal scope of practice and experience level and in accordance with the policies of their employer.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and the associated risk factors for the development of chronic oedema and lymphoedema;
  • identify the functional and psychosocial impact of chronic oedema and lymphoedema for consumers living in rural and remote areas;
  • undertake a comprehensive assessment of a consumer with stabilised chronic oedema or lymphoedema;
  • design appropriate management plans for consumers from rural and remote areas with stabilised chronic oedema and lymphoedema including the identification of contraindications to garment prescription and the development of comprehensive self- management plans.
Prerequisites: This module requires access to a patient or consumer with stabilised chronic oedema or lymphoedema, so as to demonstrate achievement of module outcomes in the appropriate clinical context. This module requires access to a lymphoedema therapist* who can act as a mentor and supervise assessment tasks. Supervision can take place in person or via video link. *Holders of Level 1 Lymphoedema Training Certificate accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) or eligibility to register on the National Lymphoedema Practitioner Register (NLPR) as category one.


Study Period 18, External
Census Date 21-Oct-2019
Coordinator: Dr Trish Wielandt, Assoc. Professor Anne Jones
Lecturers: Dr Trish Wielandt, Assoc. Professor Anne Jones.
Workload expectations:
  • 22 hours - Integrated online and work-based learning activities
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU
Assessment: assessments 1) community presentation on lymphoedema or chronic oedema (must pass) 2) assessment summary and management plan for a person with stabilised oedema or lymphoedema (must pass).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.