Manual Lymph Drainage Courses accredited by
Dr Vodder Academy International​
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Dr Vodder's Certificate in MLD & CDT

For practitioners who need to manage 

  • lymphoedema

    • including complex presentations​

  • lipoedema

  • vascular disorders. 

There are two levels

 

The Certificate is conferred upon successful completion of

  • 70% pass in the online theory

  • 100% attendance in the face-to-face classes

  • Demonstrated competency in MLD and bandaging

  • Competence in case-based clinical reasoning

Equivalent to ALA Level 1 & 2 Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program

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Dr Vodder's Certificate in Applied MLD

The certificate of choice for

  • surgical or sports injury rehab

  • chronic pain

  • any acute and chronic inflammation

  • assumes an intact lymphatic system

 

There are two levels​

 

The Certificate is conferred upon successful completion of

  • 70% pass in the online theory

  • 100% attendance in the face-to-face classes

  • Demonstrated competency in technique delivery

  • Competence in case-based clinical reasoning

Automatic CPD recognition

 

Level 1 Online Theory Module

  • Required for the Level 1 Practical or,

  • 40 hours of home study for CDP

 

Course fee AUD 375* includes

  • Access to Dr Vodder Level 1 Online Theory course material^

  • Access to Moving Lymph Online study guides and tutorials

The Dr Vodder course consists of 

  • Online lecture videos

  • Required reading*

 

Subjects include

  • History and context of the Dr. Vodder method

  • Anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system

  • Properties of loose connective tissue

  • Pathological changes occurring as a result of impaired lymph flow

  • Physiological effects of MLD

  • Contraindications to MLD 

The Moving Lymph Online support material includes

  • Step by step instruction on accessing the Dr Vodder material

  • Course aims and learning outcomes for all topics

  • Self-test quizzes

  • Group discussion

  • On-on-one virtual tutorials 

Enrolment is open to therapists with an eligible occupation.

The following will also be assumed

  • >100 hours of study in human anatomy and physiology

  • Fundamental knowledge of

    • circulatory system

    • nervous system

    • immune system

  • Understanding of common medical terminology including

    • ​anatomical directions and planes

    • common pathologies such neuralgia, nephritis, seroma etc.​

* The course fee does not include the required textbook 

  • Dr Vodder's MLD, A Practical Guide. Wittlinger 2nd Ed.

    • available from Google Books and other online booksellers

^ access available for 2-years​

Level 1 Practical

  • Four days of intensive hands-on training in MLD

  • Required for Level 2, Level 3 and Advanced Aesthetician Courses

 

Course fee AUD 1150 - 1450 (NZD 1225 - 1500)* includes

  • Instruction in the fundamental skin movements of MLD

  • Demonstration in sequences for the application of MLD to

    • Neck and face

    • Arms and legs

    • Anterior and posterior torso

  • Theoretical knowledge integrated into practical application

    • Clearly explanation of the direct effects of MLD

    • Principles and practice in the correct application of MLD

    • Contraindications and treatment options

  • Access to the online demonstration videos for 2-years

Level 2 Practical

  • Four days of intensive hands-on training in Applied MLD

  • Level 1 Certificate required

 

Course fee AUD 1150 - 1450 (NZD 1225 - 1500)* includes

  • Instruction in the special techniques of MLD

  • Instruction in the subtlety and precision in performing the MLD for

    • Whiplash, migraines, tinnitus

    • CRPS, stroke

    • Sprained ankle, knee arthroplasty, cruciate ligament repair

    • Adhesive capsulitis and hip pathologies

    • Many other skeletal muscular and neurological conditions 

  • Understanding of treatment principles which can be applied to

    • Any non-infected acute or chronic inflammatory condition where the lymph system remains intact.

  • Access to the online demonstration videos for 2-years

 

Enrolment is open to therapists with an eligible occupation including

  • Physiotherapy

  • Remedial Massage Therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Registered Nurse

  • For a full list of eligible occupations click here

 

The Dr Vodder student agreements for each level can be viewed here

* Course fee may vary by location.  

 
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Level 3 - Combined Decongestive Therapy

 

Course fee AUD 3100 - 4350 (NZD 3180 - 4500)* includes

  • 2-days of advanced theoretical instruction in the pathogenesis and management of chronic oedema

  • 8-days of intensive practical training in lymphoedema management with Koby Blanchfield^

  • Complete set of bandaging materials 

  • Access to the online demonstration videos for 2-years

  • Instruction in the correct application of

    • MLD to redirect lymph flow

    • Compression therapy (bandages & garments)

    • Oedema exercises and skin care

  • Applications include treatment of

    • primary and secondary lymphoedema

    • lipoedema and chronic venous insufficiency oedema

  • There are practical assessments on MLD, bandaging techniques, and clinical reasoning.

* The course fee does not include the required textbook 

  • Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy. Weissleder 4th Ed.

    • Available from several online booksellers. 

^ 9-days if a Level 2 course was taken within the previous 6-months​

 

 

Dr Vodder's Certificate in Advanced Neck & Face

  • Requires either Level 1 or Basic Neck & Face Practical

Course fee AUD 1825 - 2150 (NZD 1905 - 2250)* includes

  • 4.5 days^ of intensive  hands training in MLD for the face and neck

  • Instruction in the precision hand skills required to treat

    • Cosmetic surgical oedemas and bruising

    • Rosacea and acne

    • Scar treatment 

    • Other highly sensitive dermatological conditions

Enrolment is open to therapists with an eligible occupation including

  • Beauty Therapists

  • Dermal Clinicians

  • Aromatherapists

  • Therapists eligible for the Level 1 Courses


Advanced Body courses are not yet offered in Australia and New Zealand, however eligible therapists may enrol in any Level 1 course in order to receive an Aestheticians Basic Body Certificate and to progress to any Advanced Aesthetician course globally.

^BNF = 2 online theory + 2 days, ANF = 2.5 days

Student and Therapist Agreements

Participants in Dr Vodder Courses will be asked to sign a student agreement and medical disclosure form at the commencement of each course. These agreements ensure that the participant;

  • Agrees not use the techniques taught in the Level 1 classes for treatment of pathologies

  • Agrees to participate in the practical sessions both performing and receiving MLD for each of the techniques and body parts covered in the training

  • Agrees to disclose to the instructor any medical condition which may be a contraindication for receiving MLD during the classes

  • Agrees not to copy or reproduce material supplied during the course

  • Agrees not to teach MLD unless the Vodder Schools International Instructor training program has been completed.

Student and Therapist Agreements are available to view and print in the Download Centre.