The Lymphoedema Action Alliance is focused on reducing the unnecessary burden for people living with lymphoedema. Fifteen organisations have joined together to be a more effective voice for improvements in treatment for lymphoedema. The Alliance is working to ensure timely access to affordable lymphoedema services and compression garments regardless of where people live, their financial status and their health situation.
The Lymphoedema Support Group of NSW is proud to be a founding member of the Alliance. Take a look on their website (www.actionalliance.org.au) to find out more about their aims and members, as well as what you can do to get involved.
Action 1: Equitable access to quality lymphoedema services in NSW.
Action 2: Equitable and sustainable access to affordable lymphoedema compression garments nationally.
Lymphoedema Action Alliance Launch
The Lymphoedema Action Alliance was launched on the 15th October, 2014 in Parliament House, Sydney. The event was hosted by David Elliott, MP and launched by The Hon. Anna Bligh (past premier of QLD; current YWCA CEO).
Left to right: Kerryn Tutt (International Lymphoedema Framework Australia), Kate Guthrey (YWCA Encore), The Hon. Anna Bligh (YWCA), David Elliott MP (Parliamentary Secretary), Dr Debbie Geyer (Lymphoedema Support Group NSW), Nicholette Conway, Dr Helen Mackie (Australasian Lymphology Association) and Andrew McDonald MP (Member for Macquarie Fields).
Lymphoedema Action Alliance in the Media
The launch of the Lymphoedema Action Alliance was also featured in the February 2015 edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly. One of our members, Robyn Metcalf, generously shared her story. Dr Helen Mackie (Australasian Lymphology Association) was also quoted, as well as our own president, Dr Debbie Geyer.