The ALA is a vibrant and active professional association and community that enjoys good will with its members, the medical community and those living with lymphoedema throughout Australia and New Zealand.
At any one time there are over 50 volunteers serving the ALA as part of a committee, on a project specific working group or in the role of advisor to the ALA.
The benefits of volunteering with the ALA include:
Serving and assisting the lymphoedema community and those living with lymphoedema in Australia and New Zealand
Extending your lymphoedema networks and participate in the lymphoedema community
Opportunities to develop skills and experience
Volunteering can assist with your professional and personal development
Growing your awareness of current practices
Volunteering looks great on a resume!!
Volunteers can expect to participate in 4 – 5 committee meetings (via teleconference) each year and on average spend two - three additional hours each month working in their areas of interest. In line with good governance principles we are seeking individuals with a variety of skills and experiences.
If you are an ALA member and have a passion for lymphoedema, the ALA invites you to consider volunteering for one of our committees:
the Assessment Committee develops, reviews and updates as required, clinically practical assessment and measuring forms as a resource for ALA members. This committee will also review guidelines in the area of measurements for lymphoedema.
The Communications Committee (previously named Editorial Committee) is responsible for the development and delivery of three editions of the ALA’s publication Lymph Exchange each year and contribute to ALA’s social media presence. The Committee have the responsibility for proofing and contribution to the monthly Lymph Express newsletter. Overall this committee is responsible for all public communication and messaging, which includes the website. The committee is currently keen to review the overall communication strategy of the ALA.
The ALA Equity Committee respond to equity concerns. Under the direction of the Board, this committee will assist in advocating for the equitable provision of publicly funded and subsidised lymphoedema treatment services and compression garments. This committee liaises with and supports the Lymphoedema Action Alliance. There is also a small working group in NZ, to specifically address equity concerns in the NZ environment.
The ALA Membership Committee is fairly new to the Committee structure. Their role is to research new member benefits, utilise surveys to better understand the needs of members and non-members and manage the ALA’s scholarship and Awards programs.
The PD&E Committee are responsible for delivering ALA's highly popular and valued member only webinar series. This committee will also source and/or facilitate the development of additional education resources for members. The PD&E Committee is currently seeking members, as well as a volunteer to act in the role of Chairperson.
The ALA Research Committee proactively bring to the attention of the members, new research which impacts on current management of lymphoedema, or is promoting the use of new technologies. They are responsible for the development and oversight of work to review ALA position statements and guides to members. This group will also assist the Board in the selection of research scholarship and grant recipients and evaluate current research as requested.
Click HERE to view the committee and advisors terms of reference.
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these roles or would like more information, please email Judy Gouldbourn on firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which volunteer opportunity is of interest to you and include approximately 200 words on what you believe you could contribute in that specific area. Not all committees will have a vacancy, but it's worth registering your interest for future vacancies when they arise.