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In-Conference Workshops

Registration for in-conference workshops is open now. 

In-conference workshops will be held on Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May. You will be asked to nominate which workshop you would like to attend each day when completing our conference registration form.

Spaces are limited and it is recommended that you reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.

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Title Chronic Venous Insufficiency and phlebolymphoedema; differential diagnosis, treatment and management
Presenter Dr Malou Van Zanten
Duration 1 hour
Learning Objectives At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the pathology of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), differential diagnosis with lymphoedema and phlebolymphoedema.
  • Understanding and discussing the (limitations) prevalence & incidence data and risk factors of CVI and phlebolymphoedema.
  • Understand the different aetiology of the associated skin changed in CVI, chronic venous ulcers, chronic wound healing and lymphatic involvement in chronic wounds.
  • Understand the Evidence Based behind treatment, prevention and management strategies.

Title An Overview of Lymphatic Basic Science Research
Presenter Dr Echoe Bouta
Duration 1 hour
Learning Objectives At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Overview of the lymphatic system as a whole to illustrate how it can play a role in multiple disease states
  • Understand murine models of disease that show a lymphatic component and experimental lymphatic-specific treatments
  • Learn quantified measures of lymphatic function from murine models and which can be applied to patients to better understand disease
  • Know current research that has been translated to patients

Title Assessment of Head and Neck Lymphedema
Presenter Assistant Professor Jie Deng
Duration 1 hour
Learning Objectives At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the following methods for assessment of head and neck lymphedema, including
  • Patient-reported outcome measures
  • Clinician-reported outcome measures
  • Measurement techniques

Title Wound care in the presence of lymphoedema
Presenter Jan Rice
Duration 1 hour
Learning Objectives At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the various tissue types associated with normal stages of healing
  • Name several antimicrobials that are useful in managing bacterial bioburden in wounds
  • Name several superabsorbent pads to manage excessive wound exudate
  • Name some components of moisturisers used in managing dry skin
  • Discuss some treatment options for reducing skin trauma when applying adhesive dressings

Title CARE Express (Communicating Actively, Responding Empathically)
Presenters Jodie Nixon and Lyndal Gray
Duration 1 hour
Workshop details and learning objectives CARE is a communication training package for health sector staff to optimise awareness, knowledge of and response to the variety of emotions that impact service delivery and outcomes in the health care setting.

The workshop will present the theory and evidence behind what good communication is, and then participants will have the opportunity to critique videos in a peer mentored environment. The case studies will be tailored to the experiences of lymphoedema practitioners.

CARE workshops help increase awareness and most importantly confidence in “knowing what to say and do” when interacting with patients/carers. Research findings demonstrate:

  • Prior to receiving CARE, 37% of staff felt they lacked the skills to communicate with the patient
  • Following CARE training, 99% of staff felt they had the skills to communicate with the patient

Learning outcomes:

1. Participants will be able to identify common emotional cues of patients

2. Participants will have one technique to use in the work place to help facilitate emotional responses of patients.


Title Practical considerations in managing lymphoedema in the palliative setting
Presenter Associate Professor Andrea Cheville
Duration 1 hour
Workshop details and learning objectives At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify clinical indications to modify conventional complex decongestive physiotherapy plans for patients with advanced progressive diseases.
  2. Outline strategies to adapt complex decongestive therapy components and goals to align with the unique requirements of patients in the palliative setting.
  3. Describe manual approaches to mitigating adverse symptoms that may impede delivery of complex decongestive therapy in the palliative setting
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Key Dates

  • Call for Abstracts opens1 June 2017
  • Closing Date for Receipt of Abstracts10 November 2017
  • Registration opens20 November 2017
  • Notification of acceptance of abstract11 December 2017
  • Early bird Registration Closes2 February 2018
  • Accommodation booking deadline2 April 2018
  • Pre-Conference Workshops16 May 2018
  • 12th ALA Conference17-19 May 2018
  • Post-Conference Workshops20 May 2018