ALA's Measuring Standard & Forms

New Forms Released

On 15 March 2018, the ALA will release the following NEW Assessment Forms as a benefit for ALA members.


Other Forms Available


With thanks to the ALA Assessment committee for developing these resources including Hildegard Reul-Hirche (Chair), Helen Badran, Robyn Box, Helen Mackie, Andrea Mangion, Elsebeth Perry, Neil Piller.

Guideline for a National Standard Technique of Measurement of Lymphoedematous Limbs

ALA Council, 2004

Aim of Standard

This standard indicates a basic technique for the circumferential measurement of lymphoedematous limbs that can be used by clinicians and researchers across Australasia.

Standard measurement techniques will encourage clinician accountability, quality of services for consumers, consistency in approach for consumers, comparability for research and strengthen the evidence base for lymphoedema services.

Click HERE to view the standard


Position Statement Circumferential Measurement Guideline 

ALA Council, October 2012 

Measurement of lymphoedematous limbs using an interval circumferential tape measurement technique. Measurement forms part of the overall assessment of the person at risk of or with lymphoedema. It allows the quantification of limb size difference and change over time with intervention or as a consequence of complications. Accurate measurement will assist in targeted long term management and has the potential to facilitate optimal outcomes based on specific response to indicated changes. The technique of circumferential measurement using a tape has been reviewed by a peer (Delphi) process in Australia. The results of this process developed a consensus for a standardized technique (ALA Lymphoedema Measuring Standards) and measurement chart (ALA Lymphoedema Measuring Forms) which is available on the ALA website The use of this standardized technique gives improved reliability and comparison to outcome and research data, and is widely used by Australian and New Zealand clinicians and researchers. At this time, Australia is the only country which has a consensus method developed using the Delphi technique.

Click HERE to view the measurement guideline