ALA Accredited Practitioner
An Innovative Early-Intervention Model of Care
In this interactive theoretical and practical workshop, you will learn the key components of a prospective surveillance and early-intervention model of care in breast cancer rehabilitation. Evidence will be presented that challenges some of the myths in risk-minimisation education. You’ll learn about the importance of risk stratification and how bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) and compression therapy can be used to improve patient outcomes in an early- intervention cancer-rehabilitation program.
- Recognize the practical application of a prospective surveillance and early-intervention model of care shown to reduce the risk of lymphedema and the severity of lymphedema during breast cancer rehabilitation.
- Identify how bioimpedance spectroscopy applies to a prospective surveillance model of care for lymphedema and cancer survivorship.
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As Lymphoedema Program Manager & Senior Lecturer in the Australian Lymphoedema Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT) program at Macquarie University, Louise is involved in strategically managing and developing the education, research, and treatment arms of the innovative multidisciplinary program.
Louise is a member of the ALERT teaching faculty offering ALA-accredited lymphoedema training programs for health professionals. Louise develops and presents education workshops and advanced, skill-based modules on all aspects of assessment and management of lymphoedema, locally, nationally and internationally. Her particular area of interest is on the early-prospective surveillance model of care in early detection and management of lymphoedema and innovative advances in management.
Louise’s research interests are in achieving better outcomes in innovative early and advanced lymphoedema management through conservative and surgical treatment. Louise is one of the Australian Principal Investigators on the 5-year “PREVENT” Vanderbilt University Randomised Control Trial investigating the early detection and management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema. Macquarie University has contributed the highest number of study participants (450) to the total cohort of 1,200 women on this study.
Louise is enrolled at Macquarie University completing PhD studies exploring home monitoring for lymphoedema using bioimpedance spectroscopy.
Louise’s clinical interests and expertise are in developing a therapeutic relationship with individuals and personalising treatment programs that support the individual’s needs and goals to achieve positive outcomes. At the ALERT multidisciplinary clinic, Louise is involved in the pre- and post-operative rehabilitation of patients following liposuction surgery whereby around 40% of patients attending the clinic are living outside of New South Wales, Australia and in New Zealand.