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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 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 Lymphoedema Program Manager & Senior Lecturer in the Australian Lymphoedema Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT) program 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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Projects 2014 2018

Research Outputs 1991 2019

Open Access
File
Lymphography
Indocyanine Green
Drainage
Fluorescence
Upper Extremity

A randomized trial evaluating bioimpedance spectroscopy versus tape measurement for the prevention of lymphedema following treatment for breast cancer: interim analysis

Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Cowher, M. S., Taback, B., McLaughlin, S., Ajkay, N., Boyages, J., Koelmeyer, L., DeSnyder, S., Wagner, J., Abramson, V., Moore, A. & Shah, C., Oct 2019, In : Annals of Surgical Oncology. 26, 10, p. 3250-3259 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Lymphedema
Spectrum Analysis
Breast Neoplasms
Therapeutics
Survivors

Cryogenic numbing to reduce injection discomfort during Indocyanine green lymphography

Suami, H., Heydon-White, A., Mackie, H., Koelmeyer, L. & Boyages, J., 2019, In : Journal of Reconstructive Surgery. 35, 2, p. e1-e2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Early surveillance is associated with less incidence and severity of breast cancer–related lymphedema compared with a traditional referral model of care

Koelmeyer, L. A., Borotkanics, R. J., Alcorso, J., Prah, P., Winch, C. J., Nakhel, K., Dean, C. M. & Boyages, J., 15 Mar 2019, In : Cancer. 125, 6, p. 854-862 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Lymphedema
Spectrum Analysis
Referral and Consultation
Incidence
Health Services

The ALERT model of care for the assessment and personalized management of patients with lymphoedema

Boyages, J., Koelmeyer, L. A., Suami, H., Lam, T., Ngo, Q. D., Heydon-White, A., Czerniec, S., Munot, S., Ricketts, R., Ho-Shon, K. & Mackie, H., 6 Nov 2019, In : British Journal of Surgery. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Lymphedema
Education
Indocyanine Green
Research
Lymphography

Activities 2004 2019

Patterns of lymphatic drainage in breast cancer-related lymphoedema identified with indocyanine green (ICG) lymphography.

Hiroo Suami (Invited speaker), Asha Heydon-White (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker), Louise Koelmeyer (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
23 Sep 201926 Sep 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

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

Understanding lymphoedema following breast cancer.

Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker)
2 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk