Medi-Rent Hosts Lymphoedema Iced Tea Party
On Friday 20th March, Medi-Rent hosted their inaugural Iced Tea Party with key lymphoedema specialists in attendance, including Dr Helen Mackie, Mt Wilga Private Hospital, and occupational therapists Louise Koelmeyer and Sally Kava, Lymphoedema Training and Education.
Throughout February and March, the Australian Lymphology Association’s Iced Tea Party campaign aims to raise more than $35,000 towards research and education for early diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema.
Set in the beautiful setting of Burnt Orange café, Mosman, guests generated some key discussions about how to move forward with treating this pervasive condition and the significance of the new National Lymphoedema Registry that was launched this month.
Dr Mackie says: “Part of the problem with funding allocation to this area of the health budget is the lack of demographic data on lymphoedema. The aim of the national registry is to determine the needs of patients in the community and to identify shortcomings in the healthcare delivery system”.
Now in its fourth year, the Iced Tea Party™ campaign has raised more than $50,000 towards lymphoedema research, programs to educate for the early diagnosis of the disorder, and improving treatment protocols for patients.
Dr Mackie adds, “With so much more to be learnt about treatment and management, funds for research are crucial in improving the quality of life for people with lymphoedema, and early diagnosis is key to ensuring treatment can be most effective for this lifelong disorder.”
One of the treatment methods currently gaining traction is the use of pneumatic compression pumps which work to mimic the body’s muscles in improving blood and lymph flow. Sufferers wear the garments for 30 minutes a day and are finding immediate results in reduced limb swelling and improvements in tissue softness.
This month, Medi-Rent is aiming to donate $1000 towards lymphoedema research.
Did you know?
- It is suspected around 300,000 Australians live with lymphoedema, where an approximate 100,000 with primary lymphoedema and another 200,000 developing the disorder as a result of cancer treatment. But these numbers are presumed to be a lot more and defining this figure is one of the aims of the National Registry.
- It can affect people of all ages and occurs when the lymphatic circulation fails to function correctly causing persistent swelling of the limb(s) and other areas of the body.
- Early detection is key to ongoing management of the disorder, and while there is no cure, research is currently underway to find better ways to manage this lifelong disorder.
The National Lymphoedema Registry
- The primary goal of developing a national lymphoedema registry is to:
- increase awareness of the prevalence of the disease,
- delineate needs of patients in the community,
- identify shortcomings in the healthcare delivery system and
- empower the ALA and other organisations to lobby more effectively
- To sign up go to: http://www.lymphoedemaregistry.org.au/
- Medi-Rent is a national provider of medical rental equipment
- Medi-Rent supplies a compression pump (IPC) for patients with lymphoedema
- Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) therapy is the process of applying pneumatic pressure to the limbs to promote the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid to and from the extremities of the body. The modality is gaining impetus as users find it easy to use with great outcomes.
- IPC can be used in the prevention and treatment of various vascular issues such as: lymphoedema, diabetic complications, chronic venous insufficiency and venous ulceration.