The Lymphoedema Action Alliance (LAA) – a coalition of 15 organisations will officially launch at Parliament House next Wednesday 15th October.
The Alliance is working to reduce the unnecessary suffering of people who have lymphoedema, by ensuring timely access to affordable lymphoedema services and compression garments regardless of where people live, their financial status and their health situation.
The Alliance has two important aims:
- Equitable access to quality lymphoedema services in NSW.
- Equitable sustainable access to affordable lymphoedema compression garments nationally
David Elliott, MP Baulkham Hills led a Matter of Public Importance on Lymphoedema in the Legislative Assembly in May 2013, supported by the then Shadow Health Minister and Member for Macquarie Fields, Dr Andrew McDonald, Member for Port Macquarie and former nurse Leslie Williams, and Member for Orange and former Lymphoedema patient Andrew Gee.
The LAA has since received immense support from Mr Elliott, who has been personally touched by lymphoedema as his wife Nicole suffers from the condition.
Mr Elliott, will be hosting the event at Parliament House, and The Honourable Anna Bligh, CEO of YWCA NSW will be there to officially launch the alliance. Representatives from the Lymphoedema Action Alliance will be present. These include the following organisations: Australian Association of Massage Therapists, Australasian Lymphology Association, Breast Cancer Action Group, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Cancer Council NSW, Country Women’s Association NSW, International Lymphoedema Framework Australia, Lymphoedema Practitioner Education Group of Victoria, Lymphoedema Support Group NSW, Lymphoedema Training and Education NSW, Macquarie University Cancer Institute, Melanoma Patients Australia, Northern Suburbs Cancer Action Network, Ovarian Cancer Australia and YWCA NSW.
LYMPHOEDEMA ACTION ALLIANCE LAUNCH
NSW Parliament House
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Hosted by David Elliott M.P.
Launched by the Hon. Anna Bligh
Lymphoedema is the term given to swelling resulting from malfunction of the lymphatic system. It can affect people of all ages, whether as a result of underdeveloped lymphatics, or due to damage to the lymph system from cancer treatment or trauma. Lymphoedema impacts adversely on the physical, emotional, social and financial life of people living with lymphoedema.