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Introduction to Oedema Management

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Oedema is a common symptom experienced by a range of people. Understanding why it develops and how treatments can improve or exacerbate oedema is the key to successful management. Attending this Occupational Therapy Australia workshop will provide you with a thorough understand of the mechanisms of oedema development, you will learn to assess oedema and whether a person is safe for treatment, and you will understand how to select the most suitable management approach for a range of different patient groups. The management strategies we focus on will including compression bandaging, garments and wraps to enable you to tailor your intervention to the needs of your patient group and the resources you have available in your workplace. You will have the opportunity to practice with a wide range of compression products to develop practical skills you can


OTs at any career stage are welcome to attend, particularly those who are new to working with oedema or looking to refresh their knowledge.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the signs and symptoms
  • Identify the underlying causes
  • Recognise different types
  • Complete a thorough assessment
  • Clinically reason appropriate oedema management techniques
  • Apply compression bandaging for upper and lower limb oedema management
  • Problem solve appropriate garment prescription

This workshop will provide an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of oedema as well as the underlying mechanisms of oedema development. Recommended assessments will be reviewed and demonstrated. A range of evidence-based treatment techniques will be presented and the theoretical rationale for their use will be detailed. Participants will have the opportunity to develop clinical reasoning skills through the use of case studies and practical sessions.

Participants are invited to bring their own experiences and case studies (including photos) for discussion throughout the program.


23 February 2024 (Friday)
24 February 2024 (Saturday)


Check In : 08:15am for a 8:30am start
Workshop day 1 (Fri): 8:30am-5:00pm
Workshop day 2 (Sat): 8:30am-3:00pm

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
630 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000

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