Dr Vodder Course Information

The page provides a description of each course including

  • Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

  • Course materials and required reading

  • Course fees

 

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Level 1 Online Theory Module

 

This is the first step to completing any Dr Vodder Course. When you register in any class in Australia, New Zealand or Malaysia you will be provided with access to the official Dr Vodder Course and support material and tutorial groups via Moving Lymph Online.

The course is delivered via lecture series prepared by physicians from the Dr. Vodder Academy, Austria. Subjects include history and context of the Dr. Vodder method, anatomy and physiology of the lymph vessel system and connective tissue, pathological changes occurring as a result of impaired lymph flow as well as the physiological effects of MLD and contraindications. 

Enrolment is open to persons qualified in an allied health occupation including but not limited to Physiotherapist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Registered Nurse and Beauty Therapist*. ​​See the full list of Acceptable Qualifications for the Therapist Courses here.

* Beauty Therapists may take the Level 1 Practical Course to progress to Advanced Aestheticians Courses.

 

It will be assumed that participants in these course will have a minimum of 100 hours of prior study in human anatomy and physiology including a fundamental knowledge of the circulatory, nervous and immune systems. A good knowledge of medical terminology including ​anatomical directions and planes and the correct names for common pathologies such as neuralgia, nephritis, seroma etc.​

The Registration Fee includes access to the lecture videos and additional resources available at Moving Lymph Online.

  • Registration Fee 2020 - $350

  • Registration Fee 2021 - $375

 

The textbook Dr Vodder's MLD, A Practical Guide. Wittlinger 2nd Ed. is required reading. It is available from Google Books and other online booksellers. We recommend that you consider the environment and use the e-version.

 

The required reading, lecture series and exam are expected to take 20 – 45 hours and should be completed before commencing any Level 1 Practical class. The online material is available in multiple languages.

 

Successful completion of the online theory module enables continuation to any Level 1, or Basic Neck and Face, Practical Course.

Level 1 Practical

Four days of intensive hands-on training in the fundamental skin movements necessary to perform Dr Vodder's MLD.

Sequences for the application of MLD to each body part are taught with a focus on superficial lymph pathways. Knowledge gained in the theory module is integrated into the practical application of MLD to enable the therapist to clearly understand and experience the direct effects of MLD on lymph-moroticity, the skin, and loose connective  tissue.

Level 1 Practical classes are open to all therapists entering either the Therapist or Aesthetician training streams (see above)  and there are no practical assessments.

The Practical Course Fee includes access to demonstration videos for each technique and sequence, a printed workbook and printed description of the techniques and sequences. Dr Vodder Certificate and license fee.

  • Level 1 Practical Fee 2020 ~ $1115  (may vary slightly by location)

  • Level 1 Practical Fee 2021 ~ $1150  (may vary slightly by location)

 

The textbook Dr Vodder's MLD, A Practical Guide. Wittlinger 2nd Ed. is required reading. It is available from Google Books and other online booksellers. We recommend that you consider the environment and use the e-version.

 

Level 1 prepares the student for treatment of the pathologies taught in both the Level 2 and Level 3 classes and successful completion enables continuation to any Level 2 or 3 Course (Therapists), or Advanced Neck and Face (Therapists and Aestheticians).

Level 2 Applied MLD

 

This 4 day practical class builds on the techniques learned in Level 1 to treat all indications for MLD other than circulatory disorders and lymphoedema (which are taught in Level 3). During this second 4 days of practical instruction, the subtlety and precision in performing the MLD techniques is reinforced, improved and further adapted for application to the various pathologies taught.

 

Treatments covered in class will include whiplash, burns, migraines, tinnitus, CRPS, stroke, sprained ankle, knee arthroplasty and cruciate ligament repair, adhesive capsulitis and hip pathologies - which cover only a small portion of all possible pathologies. Clinical reasoning and treatment principles are taught which will allow the graduate therapist to assess clients for suitability to receive MLD, and plan an appropriate treatment using MLD. Once learned and understood the treatment principle can be applied to address any non-infected acute or chronic inflammatory condition where the lymph system remains intact.

Level 2 Practical classes are open to Therapists who have attained a Level 1 Certificate.

The Practical Course Fee includes access to demonstration videos for each technique and sequence, a printed workbook and printed description of the techniques and sequences. Dr Vodder Certificate and license fee.

  • Level 2 Practical Fee 2020 ~ $1115  (may vary slightly by location)

  • Level 2 Practical Fee 2021 ~ $1150  (may vary slightly by location)

 

The textbook Dr Vodder's MLD, A Practical Guide. Wittlinger 2nd Ed. is required reading. It is available from Google Books and other online booksellers. We recommend that you consider the environment and use the e-version.

Upon successful completion of the practical and clinical assessments, graduates will be awarded the
Certificate in Applied MLD from the Dr. Vodder School International. 

Level 3 Combined Decongestion Therapy

This 9* day class includes 2 days of advanced lymphology with Professor Neil Piller and 7 days of intensive practical training in lymphoedema management with Koby Blanchfield.

 

The practical classes build on the techniques learned in Level 1 and adapts them to treatment of a damaged lymphatic system. This includes 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.

 

Level 3 Practical classes are open to Therapists who have attained a Level 1 Certificate.

The Practical Course Fee includes a printed manual including the theory presentation and description of the techniques and sequences, access to demonstration videos for each technique and all bandaging materials needed to complete the classroom activities. Dr Vodder Certificate and license fee

  • Level 3 Practical Fee ~ $2750 (may vary slightly by location)

  • Level 1 review day (if required) ~ $ 250

 

The textbook Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy. Weissleder 4th Ed. is required reading. It is available from several online booksellers. 

 

​The theory components include the pathophysiology of edemas generally, as well a phleboedema, lymphedema and lipoedema specifically. Differential diagnosis of oedema is explained. There are written and oral theory assessments.

Upon successful completion of the theory, practical and clinical assessments, graduates will be awarded the
Certificate in MLD & CDT from the Dr. Vodder School International.

 

Graduates may be eligible for the ALA Accredited Practitioner Program.

Other eligibility criteria apply, read more at the ALA website. 

* Students who took Level 1 more than 6 weeks prior to Level 3 must attend a one day L1 review class. This review day is optional for students taking Level 1 & 3 in succession. 

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Aestheticians Advanced Neck & Face

This 4.5 day hands on course provides training in Dr Vodder's MLD for the Face with a focus on developing the very light and precise hand skills required to perform MLD for cosmetic surgical oedemas and other highly sensitivie dermatological condition such as roseacea.

 

Enrolment is open to persons with a Certificate or Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Spa Therapy, a Certificate IV in Therapeutic Massage or a Certificate or Diploma in Aromatherapy

Basic Neck & Face and Advanced Neck & Face classes are open to all therapists entering either the Therapist or Aesthetician training streams (see above). The Level 1 Online Theory module should be completed before entering the Basic Neck & Face Practical class.

The Practical Course Fee includes access to demonstration videos for each technique and sequence, a printed workbook and printed description of the techniques and sequences. Dr Vodder Certificate and license fee.

  • Basic Neck & Face Practical Fee (2 days)  ~ $675 (may vary slightly by location)

  • Advanced Neck & Face Course Fee (2.5 days) ~ $725  (may vary slightly by location)

The textbook Dr Vodder's MLD, A Practical Guide. Wittlinger 2nd Ed. is required reading. It is available from Google Books and other online booksellers. We recommend that you consider the environment and use the e-version.

Upon successful completion of the theory and practical assessments, graduates are awarded the Aestheticians Certificate in Advanced Neck and Face from Dr Vodder Schools International.

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.