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SWEP Communique - Changes to The Standard for Lymphoedema Compression Garments & Practitioner Registration

29 March 2022

The SWEP eligibility requirements and credentialing Standard for Lymphoedema Practitioners (compression garments) has changed to support consumer access and choice, as well as to align with changes to the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner Program, and new competency standards that underpin ALA endorsed training programs.

What has changed?

The eligibility of established professions in this category for SWEP has not changed

If you are currently registered and credentialed with SWEP, as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Practitioner, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist, this does not change your credentialing with SWEP.

If you are seeking registration and credentialing with SWEP, as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Practitioner, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist, you remain eligible providing you have current AHPRA registration and have completed an ALA endorsed course (consistent with the scope of practice of your primary health profession, your role and chosen scope of practice).

Emerging eligible practitioners can now apply for registration and credentialing with SWEP (from April 2022) for an initial six-month period

Practitioners from professions that were not previously eligible for SWEP registration and credentialing, can now apply, providing they are current Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners with the ALA and meet the requirements of The Standard.


If you are now eligible, you are encouraged to register with SWEP here as soon as possible. As with the introduction of any change to a credentialing standard, SWEP will trial and monitor any impact this has on consumer demand and waitlists over the next six months.


Experience and CPD requirements must relate to ' measure and fit " for lymphoedema

When you provide us with information regarding experience and continuing professional development to support a credentialing application as an experienced clinician, or to upgrade your credentialing level, please ensure this information relates and is clearly linked to the measure and fit of compression garments/ adjustable wrap systems for lymphoedema, rather than lymphoedema practice in general. Refer to The Standard for further details related to your specific type of credentialing application.

 Consumer eligibility criteria is unchanged

The consumer eligibility criteria for access to subsidies through the Lymphoedema Compression Garments Program, has not changed and is available for consumers who have been medically assessed as having either primary, secondary or sub-clinical lymphoedema and require garments for limbs only. The Standard for registration and credentialing with SWEP therefore specifically relates to lymphoedema, rather than other consumer groups that may require compression garments e.g. burns.  Refer to the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program Guidelines for further details.

 If you have any queries or would like to provide feedback you can email swep@bhs.org.au or sue.vincent@bhs.org.au

 Kind Regards

SWEP Leadership Team

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