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Ms Louise Koelmeyer graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1990. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in both public and private hospital and clinic settings specializing in breast cancer rehabilitation and lymphoedema management in all areas of assessment, education, early detection and treatment. Louise completed basic and advanced Casley-Smith lymphoedema training and works as an accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner and is listed on the Australasian Lymphology Association’s (ALA) National Lymphoedema Practitioner Register.

As Director of the Australian Lymphoedema Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT) Program & Senior Lecturer 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 NSW and in New Zealand.

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Is lymphatic reconstitution possible after meshed skin grafting?

Ngo, Q., Suami, H., Koelmeyer, L., Mackie, H., Munot, S., Heydon-White, A. & Boyages, J., 2018, In : Lymphology. 51, 3, p. 132-135 4 p.

Macquarie University

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  • New graduates: Perceptions of their first occupational therapy position

    Hummell, J. & Koelmeyer, L., 1999, In : British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 62, 8, p. 351-358 8 p.

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