In 1994 an initial discussion regarding relevant issues facing lymphoedema practitioners gave rise to the formation of a steering committee. They proposed the establishment of the Australasian Lymphology Association. This committee consisted of representatives from each state, and for the first few years their main activity was the organisation of a biennial conference.
In 2000, the group formalised by adopting a constitution and becoming registered as an Australian public company, limited by guarantee – the Australasian Lymphology Association Limited.
In 2008, the association was granted status as a health promotion charity, allowing donations to the ALA to be tax deductible.
The Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) is committed to promoting the development of lymphology in Australasia. The Association will strive to improve the management of those with, or at risk of developing lymphoedema and enhance communication between health professionals, educators, relevant authorities and government in regard to oedemas and lymphoedema.