Lymphoedema Screening with Prof. Neil Piller and team
I recently heard about a Lymphoedema Screening event being held in Whyalla so, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to (tag along) hear Prof. Neil Piller speak.
Prof. Piller led a presentation for Health Professionals on the Friday evening where he gave an overview of the lymphatic system and lymphoedema. He discussed the challenges and treatment options for people living with lymphoedema and stressed the importance of thinking (and treating) holistically.
We also heard from Flinders University Medical Student, Kathleen Ly, who gave a presentation about her research on negative pressure using PhysioTouch and Monique Bareham of the Lymphoedema Support group of SA (LSGSA) shared information about the advocacy work being done and how awareness is being raised in SA.
On the weekend, the free screening was open to the public community of Whyalla and surrounding area. Following a welcome and presentation from Prof. Piller in the morning, we separated into smaller groups to attend some short (speed dating style), very informative workshops ranging from information about research being conducted at Flinders, skin care, exercise and self massage demonstrations, and different compression garments and aids available. We also learned from the LSGSA about current campaigns and were encouraged to write to our local MP to "Put Lymphoedema on the List". Did you know SA is the only state where there is no financial assistance available for compression garments!?
The screening was held in the afternoon with over 50 people attending to receive free risk assessment, assessment of body composition for lymphoedema and lipoedema, as well as patient education including lifestyle management and treatment options. It was a great turnout with even a local MP coming along!
The Whyalla Pink Spirits Breast Cancer Support Group did an amazing job organising the weekend.
I also got to catch up with two very lovely Vodder Therapists I hadn’t seen in over 10 years! And of course, any opportunity to hear Prof. Piller speak is always a bonus.