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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 Output 1991 2019

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
Spectrum Analysis
Referral and Consultation
Health Services

A prospective study of L-Dex values in breast cancer patients pretreatment and through 12 months postoperatively

Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Spotanski, K., Doersam, J. K., Cowher, M. S., Taback, B., McLaughlin, S., Ajkay, N., Boyages, J., Koelmeyer, L., DeSnyder, S., Shah, C. & Vicini, F., 1 Oct 2018, In : Lymphatic Research and Biology. 16, 5, p. 435-441 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prospective Studies
Breast Neoplasms
Spectrum Analysis
Equipment and Supplies

Breast cancer-related lymphedema: differentiating fat from fluid using magnetic resonance imaging segmentation

Sen, Y., Quan, Y., Koelmeyer, L., Borotkanics, R., Ricketts, R., Mackie, H., Lam, T. C., Ho Shon, K., Suami, H. & Boyages, J., Feb 2018, In : Lymphatic Research and Biology. 16, 1, p. 20-27 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Cryogenic numbing to reduce injection discomfort during Indocyanine green lymphography

Suami, H., Heydon-White, A., Mackie, H., Koelmeyer, L. & Boyages, J., 12 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Reconstructive Surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Skin Transplantation
Necrotizing Fasciitis

Activities 2004 2018

A multidisciplinary model of care for lymphoedema clinical care, research and treatment

Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker), Hiroo Suami (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker)
17 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Suction assisted lipectomy for lymphoedema – the ALERT 5-year experience

Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker), T Lam (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker), Quan Ngo (Speaker), R Ricketts (Speaker), Asha Heydon-White (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
17 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Prospective surveillance of breast cancer-related lymphoedema results in earlier treatment and decreased disease severity over time

Louise A Koelmeyer (Invited speaker)
17 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Understanding self-management and home monitoring in breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a qualitative study

Louise A Koelmeyer (Invited speaker)
17 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Versatility of Indocyanine Green Fluorescence Lymphography in the Outpatient Setting.

Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker), H Suami (Speaker), Asha Heydon-White (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
6 Jun 20189 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation