For Health Practitioners


Why choose an ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner?

People living with lymphoedema deserve the best advice and care. Through the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program (ALPP) - a robust regulatory scheme designed and administered by the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), only appropriately qualified and skilled health practitioners who meet entry and ongoing criteria are eligible to become ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners. Requirements include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in lymphoedema management, research and education through ongoing Full membership of the ALA
  • Undergraduate and/or post-graduate qualification in a relevant health profession
  • Registration with the relevant authority or, in the case of remedial massage therapists, membership of a recognised professional body
  • Successful completion of accredited lymphoedema training - click here for information
  • Maintain relevant skills and knowledge through participation in lymphoedema-specific continuing professional development
  • Current professional indemnity insurance
  • Compliance with the NLPR Guidelines and related policies including the ALPP's Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.


What is the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program?

The Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program (ALPP) is a robust regulatory scheme which ensures ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners have the skills and knowledge to provide the best advice and care to people living with lymphoedema.  The program comprises:

For lymphoedema training to be accredited, providers must meet the following requirements:


How can I appear on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)?

To ensure consumers, carers and referrers access the best advice and care, only ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners are eligible to appear on the NLPR.


Why should I become an ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner?

Regardless of whether you are in a position to take new patients, the ALA encourages all eligible practitioners to join the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program.  This demonstrates to your patients, employer, referrers and the wider community your dedication, professionalism and expertise as well as your support of the ALA's objective to strive for excellence in lymphoedema management across Australia and New Zealand.  As an Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner, you can opt out of having your details displayed on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR) if you are not able to accept new patients.


Become an ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner

Becoming an ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner demonstrates to your peers, consumers and the broader community your dedication, professionalism and expertise. The benefits include:

  • Recognition of your dedication, professionalism and expertise in lymphoedema management
  • Assurance to your employers, consumers, referrers and the broader community
  • A pathway into the community of lymphoedema practitioners across Australia and New Zealand where you can share your ideas and challenges
  • Eligibility to be listed on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register, the only recognised register of lymphoedema practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Advancing the profile of lymphoedema and thereby supports improving treatment outcomes and funding
  • Promoting professional standards and best practice for lymphoedema management
  • Collecting and contributing to lymphoedema incidence and treatment statistics which may be used to improve services and rebates for lymphoedema clients
  • Encouragement to undertake continuing professional development and information about available opportunities
  • Opportunities to undertake continuing professional development either in face to face workshops and seminars or via online webinars
  • Access to the online MyALACPD tracker to enable you to track your participation in CPD activities
  • Collaboration with like-minded practitioners and inclusion in practitioner networks
  • Encouragement to participation in collaborative lymphoedema research
  • Access to ALA policies and position statements which can be printed and distributed to patients and other health practitioners.


Apply now

The ALA welcomes applications from health practitioners who meet the entry criteria to apply to become an ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner.  Click here to review the criteria for entry as well as ongoing requirements, and apply.  

Please review the requirements carefully, as consideration of your application may be delayed if your application is incomplete.


What happens after I apply?

The NLPR Committee will consider your application and, if in order, endorse it.  You will be notified in around 3 weeks of the outcome. Once endorsed, you will receive a certificate, access to download the ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner tick of approval logo, and - if you wish - you can opt to be listed on the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register.

All enquiries regarding becoming an ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner and the NLPR should be directed to the ALA Office via