Welcome to the
Australian Institute
of Lymphoedema.

We put the power to heal in your hands - with cutting edge evidence-based education and resources designed to empower and inspire patients and practitioners to detect, manage and treat lymphoedema.

What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema (also spelled lymphedema) is a condition involving long-term tissue swelling.

Some people are born with lymphoedema (known as primary lymphoedema) and others are at risk of developing the condition after injuries, cancer treatments or after experiencing problems with their circulatory system (known as secondary lymphoedema).

The good news is that breast cancer-related lymphoedema is potentially reversible when detected early – and if you are already experiencing symptoms of lymphoedema, with the right education, treatment and nurturing, this condition is easily manageable.

What is the impact of lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema affects millions of people worldwide. There are physical, functional, financial and psychological consequences which can significantly impact the lives of those living with the condition.

This is why early detection, lymphoedema education and empowering patients to take control of their lymphoedema management is so important to minimise the impacts of the condition and improve quality of life.

1 in 5

The number of people treated for breast cancer who develop lymphoedema as a side effect of their treatment.


Of those diagnosed with gynaecological cancer are likely to develop lymphoedema as a result of treatment.

13 years

The reported time for patients with primary lymphoedema to get the right lymphoedema drainage treatments.

$125 million

Spent on cellulitis treatment (a preventable side effect of lymphoedema) in NSW in a single year.

250 million

The estimated number of people worldwide who suffer with lymphoedema and the condition’s side effects.


The average yearly cost for a patients to manage breast cancer-related lymphoedema and its effects.

“With breast cancer, you go in for your treatment, once cancer is under control you are kind of done with it. With lymphoedema, you will never be done with it because you are having this big arm, pain, burning, heaviness, and soreness every day. It’s something that you have to live with for the rest of your life.”

Mrs Kathy, living with lymphoedema

How can the Australian Institute of Lymphoedema help you?

We have created a hub of excellence in lymphoedema education that balances a teaching philosophy based on cutting edge science with the operational philosophy of a small business – passionate and committed lymphoedema practitioners, working with kindness and care.

The Australian Institute of Lymphoedema is committed to serving the lymphoedema community through education, empowerment and early detection.


The first and most important step in the lymphoedema journey is learning evidence-based ways to detect, manage and treat the condition.


Understanding how to manage lymphoedema gives both patients and practitioners the confidence to make decisions about treatments.

Early detection

Cutting edge scientific recommendations help you detect and manage lymphoedema whilst symptoms are more manageable.


Empowering you through accessible education on lymphoedema.

We put the power to access cutting edge lymphoedema education in your hands, through evidence-based, engaging educational resources for both patients and practitioners.

Resources for patients

If you have undergone breast cancer treatment, or have lymphoedema from any other cause, we show you how to take control of your lymphoedema management and put the power to heal in your hands with online courses designed with your needs in mind.


Resources for practitioners

If you wish to embark on a life-changing career in lymphoedema care as a qualified and accredited lymphoedema practitioner, we offer online and face to face courses designed to empower you with cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments and best-practice care.