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MLD News Australasia

October 2018
In this issue ...
Blog: Lymphoedema in Rural Bangladesh
Early Bird Dates Approaching
The Missing Piece
Lymph Taping in Melbourne

Jan's Latest Blog Article

Lymphoedema in Rural Bangladesh

My main role at the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases #CNTD - so far - has been to design and implement a study to see if we can improve on self-management for people affected by moderate to severe #LymphaticFilariasis and #Podoconiosis related #lymphoedema. And after almost a year of planning we started data-collection in Nilphamari District in north west Bangladesh at the beginning of October.

Early Bird Dates Approaching

Perth Basic and Therapy 1
Early Bird Discount available until 1st November, 2018

The Missing Piece 

So often when therapists email me about issues with clients, where the treatment isn't having the effect it should...
The missing piece is “Specials”

It's easy to get focused on the oedema but if a swollen arm has shoulder restrictions - and you address those shoulder issues, much of the arm oedema my resolve. Or at least your treatment will be much more effective. So whether it is low back pain and hip restriction, knee arthritis or epicondyle pain, these inflammatory conditions all contribute to swelling. Addressing them is also a fundamental principle of all MLD treatments. Treat the proximal system (issues) first. In my opinion, there is little value in spending time doing MLD, taping, bandaging or any other treatment for a swollen hand if you have a frozen shoulder in the way of drainage.
The next response I get when I point this out to the querying therapist is ... 

“Oh, I never use specials”
“I've forgotten”
“I don't feel comfortable with them”.

I feel like crying when I hear this!

To me, the Special Techniques are one of the main features that set the Vodder training apart from other Lymphoedema Management systems.
I challenge you to add specials into your Lymphoedema treatments and see what happens!
Not sure how to use them I hear you say? …
Repeat Therapy 1!
Belinda at Lymph Works is offering a great deal on the Therapy 1 course in December for repeaters.

If you have taken this course before at any time in the past you can take advantage of her special repeaters course fee.
Therapy 1 repeaters click here
 For more information and to register go to

Lymph Taping Melbourne

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Basic:        26th - 30th November
Therapy 1:     3rd - 7th December

January 2019


Therapy 2&3: 18th - 29th January


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Basic:                 9th - 13th March
Therapy 1:        16th - 20th March


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What past students are saying about Vodder ...
I love how Jan, Diane and Aki were all so approachable, positive and motivated to help us get our techniques right. They were very encouraging and so very patient with all of us. I like how Jan encourages active learning and participation in all of our learning sessions, Theory and Practical. I love it best when questions are answered by each and every one in class in the Theory part. In the Practical part, I love Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Jan structured those days for maximal learning opportunities. It had an impact on my hands on techniques and I felt I made the most improvements over those days.
Weechuan Burt,
Auckland 2018

What past students are saying about taping ...
The evidence base was presented well and different clinical scenarios were discussed as examples of where tape would be indicated.
Anonymous, Brisbane 2018
Jan was a great tutor, I learnt a lot from her feedback on my taping attempts, she was approachable, warm and humourus, and kept to time!
Shona, Wellington 2018
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