The ALA virtual conference is live!

28 May 2020

As the ALA's 13th conference goes virtual, we reflect upon the work of the last two months....

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Hints and Tips for Clinicians and Service Providers on Telehealth

26 May 2020

The Digital Health CRC have collated useful resources to help clinicians and service providers to more effectively prepare for and conduct telehealth consultations

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COVID-19 Update

31 March 2020

The ALA is providing updates relevant to ALA Members via a dedicated web page. (updated 31 March 2020)

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Joint statement from ALA & Osteopathy Australia

11 January 2019

Following a meeting between the ALA & Osteopathy Australia regarding the streamlining of the NLPR, a joint statement was released in early January 2019

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Phase 2 ULTRA Results of Ubenimex in Lower Leg Lymphedema: Study Did Not Meet Primary or Secondary Endpoint

22 October 2018

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:EIGR),today announced Phase 2 ULTRA study results in primary and secondary lymphedema of the lower limb demonstrated no improvement of ubenimex over placebo in the primary endpoint of skin thickness and secondary endpoints of limb volume and bioimpedance. No safety signals attributed to ubenimex were identified.

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Minister for Health announces commitment to improved access to lymphoedema compression garment subsidies

20 June 2018

In response to the State of the Nation report released by Breast Cancer Network of Australia on Wednesday 20 June, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt on behalf of the Australian Federal Government announced three commitments including: To work with state and territory governments to improve access to lymphoedema compression garment subsidies and create a national standard.

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Lymphoedema on the radio - podcast

19 March 2018

On Sunday 18 March 2018, the 3AW radio program 'Talking Health' with Dr Sally Cockburn focused their entire two hour broadcast to talking about lymphoedema. For those who were unable to listen to the broadcast, the podcast is now available.

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Put lymphoedema on the list campaign

01 March 2018

Put lymphoedema on the list campaign Currently lymphoedema therapy does not have a Medicare (MBS) number. When a chronic condition has no MBS number, it becomes invisible. To support the ALA's submission for lymphoedema therapy to be allocated its own MBS (Medicare) number. ALA members and the broader lymphoedema community within Australia are being asked to join the letter writing campaign to Put lymphoedema on the list and write a letter to their local federal members.

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Research Alert - Incidence and risk factors of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment: 10 years of follow-up

30 October 2017

Incidence and risk factors of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment: 10 years of follow-up Ana Carolina Padula Ribeiro Pereira; Rosalina Jorge Koifman; Anke Bergmann

Highlights •We followed a cohort of women surgically treated for breast cancer for 10 years. •Incidence of lymphedema increases from 13.5% in two years to 41.1% in ten years. •Radiotherapy, obesity, seroma, chemotherapy and stage were associated variables.

Living with Lymphoedema – Australia and New Zealand Facebook group

01 October 2017

The ALA was excited to launch the Living with Lymphoedema Australia and New Zealand Facebook group at the recent Advisory Forum. This group is unmoderated and its purpose is to maintain connection with consumers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Minister agrees that SA needs a Garment Scheme - Equity Update

01 September 2017

Minister agrees that SA needs a Garment Scheme - Equity Update

The ALA has received a response from Jack Snelling, South Australian Minister for Health following on from recent meetings and representation made in regards to establishing a compression garment scheme in South Australia.

The Minister agreed that it would be beneficial for the State Government to provide a garment subsidy scheme for eligible lymphoedema sufferers and that, while the funding does not currently exist, a full business case will be prepared with a view to securing funding for the scheme as part of the 2018-19 State Government budget process.

Congratulations to the team who have been involved in this advocacy - Margie McConachy, Karin Stepputtis and Monique Bareham.