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Biography

Ms Louise Koelmeyer graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1990. She has over 28 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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  • L‐Dex, arm volume, and symptom trajectories 24 months after breast cancer surgery

    Ridner, S. H., Shah, C., Boyages, J., Koelmeyer, L., Ajkay, N., DeSydner, S. M., McLaughlin, S. A. & Dietrich, M. S., 1 Jun 2020, In : Cancer Medicine. 10 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Activities

    Understanding lymphoedema following breast cancer.

    Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker)
    2 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Mapping anatomical changes in lymphoedema with indocyanine green lymphograpohy and its impact on management.

    Hiroo Suami (Keynote speaker), Asha Heydon-White (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker), Louise Koelmeyer (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
    18 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Mapping anatomical changes in lymphoedema with indocyanine green lymphograpohy and its impact on management.

    Hiroo Suami (Speaker), Asha Heydon-White (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker), Louise Koelmeyer (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
    25 Apr 201927 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Versatility of indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography for anatomical studies of the lymphatics in cadaveric specimens.

    Hiroo Suami (Speaker), Akira Shinaoka (Speaker), Yoshihiro Kimata (Speaker), Louise Koelmeyer (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
    23 Sep 201926 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Lymphoedema: Innovative strategies for assessment and management.

    Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker)
    10 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk