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Provision of compression garments

Queensland Health provides compression garments for the treatment of lymphoedema to eligible Queensland residents.

Individuals are eligible if they meet all of the following criteria.

  • Hold one of the following cards:
    • Centrelink Pensioner Card
    • Centrelink Health Care Card
  • Are Medicare eligible
  • Have been assessed as having lymphoedema
  • Are aged over 16 years
  • Are an outpatient

This is a minimum eligibility standard – some health services may provide garments for a broader group of clients. If you do not meet these criteria, it is recommended that you contact your local health service to confirm your eligibility.

Information for patients is available in the Provision of lymphoedema compression garments: Patient information sheet (PDF 92 kB).

Eligible patients may be provided a garment by a referring non Queensland health service provider according to the process detailed in the Compression garment selection, fitting and monitoring procedure (PDF 198 kB).

The Queensland Health prescription / order form (Word 97-2003 compatible (DOC 448 kB) or Word 2016 / Mac compatible (DOCX 257 kB)) must be completed by all non-Queensland Health prescribers. Prescriptions will be accepted from appropriately trained and experienced clinicians. The clinical prescription/order form must be returned to the "residential" Hospital and Health Service of the patient/consumer. To find a health care facility by region click here.

For more information regarding the supply of compression garments in your local area contact your nearest hospital or health service. Details are available at  http://www.health.qld.gov.au/services/default.asp.

Compression Garment Service Model

The Compression Garment Selection, Fitting and Monitoring Project for Malignancy Related Lymphoedema was funded by the Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland (AHPOQ) to support the implementation of the Guideline. Phase 1 of the projected developed and trialed the Compression Garment Selection, Fitting and Monitoring Service Model (“the service model”). Phase two of the project promoted and expanded “the service model” for the provision of compression garments for the treatment of lymphoedema.

The service model involves compression garment selection, fitting and monitoring provided by occupational therapists, physiotherapists and podiatrists (Queensland Health and non-who have not completed a formal lymphoedema training program (i.e. Level 1 or 2 course), but have completed, the Compression garment, selection, fitting and monitoring education with professional support of lymphoedema therapists, supported by telehealth (where relevant), implementation resources and governance processes.

The Compression Garment Selection, Fitting and Monitoring Project for Malignancy related Lymphoedema Project Completion Report (PDF 604 kB) provides details on the implementation and evaluation of the project.

Education resources

The compression garment selection, fitting and monitoring education resources sits on the iLearn platform and is comprised of two components. Firstly, generalist therapists independently complete a self-guided learning package. Following this, therapists are required to link with a lymphoedema therapist for a period of supported practice. The supported practice guidelines provide a framework for this practice period, using a coaching approach.

To register for the education package:

  • arrange a log in for iLearn at https://ilearn.health.qld.gov.au/d2l/login
  • go to "Browse Courses" on the top of the page, search for "compression garment"
  • the (AHPOQ-C) Compression Garment Education Package will appear - click to enrol

Contact allied_health_advisory@health.qld.gov.au for further information about this course. For iLearn log in issues, please call 1800 198 175.

Last updated: 17 July 2018

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Allied Health Professions' Office of Queensland

Telephone: +61 7 332 89298
Facsimile: +61 7 332 89296
Email: Allied_Health_Advisory@health.qld.gov.au