LASA Advocacy Milestones
- 2023 The LASA Committee is working with the Lymphoedema Association Australia to merge our two associations. Strong local representation and a national voice will serve our SA lymphoedema community well into the future.
- 2022 The LASA Committee has continued to advocate throughout the year for improved support for people living with lymphoedema, access to the Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme and improved public services
- 2021 October - Lymphoedema Advocacy was recognised when former LASA President Monique Bareham was awarded 2022 South Australian Local Hero, Australian of the Year Award, nominated by the LASA Committee
- 2021 March - FCIC Survivorship Conference Poster 'Minding the Gap – Consumer led programme fills much needed cancer related lymphoedema management space'
- 2020 October - Flinders Medical Centre Lymphoedema Clinic opens
- 2020 July - SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister Stephen Wade MLC launches the first South Australian Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme
- 2020 LASA represents the consumer voice in the 'Wellbeing SA Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme Advisory Group' tasked to assist the working party to develop and introduce the Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme to SA
- 2019 Lymphoedema is mentioned 11 times in SA Parliament
- 2019 May - LASA meets with Hon. Mr Stephen Wade, Minister for Health and Wellbeing, SA Health and Hon. Ms Connie Bonaros, SA Best
- 2019 March - LASA sent letters and blue lymphoedema ribbons to every SA Member of Parliament calling for action.
- 2019 February - LASA travels to Mt Gambier to raise the issue of lymphoedema at a Community Forum attended by Federal Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt MP
- 2018 September - Motion regarding lymphoedema raised and carried in SA Parliament by Troy Bell MP. Supported by: Hon G Brock MLC, Sam DuluK MP, and Chris Picton MP
- 2018 September - LASA lodges a submission to include dedicated lymphoedema services at the 'Repat'. Subsequently, lymphoedema is listed as the number one health service missing in the 'Reactivate the Repat' Proposal
- 2018 May - Lymphoedema raised as a Matter of Interest in SA Parliament by Hon D Hood MLC
- 2017 July - LASA, joined by ALA representatives, meets with then SA Health Minister, Jack Snelling. A business case for lymphoedema is to be developed but due to the change in state government it is not completed
- 2017 February - LASA gives a Consumer Presentation at the FCIC Cancer Survivorship Conference entitled 'Mind the Gap' outlining the issues faced by SA Cancer Survivors diagnosed with or at risk of developing lymphoedema
- 2016 - LASA begins contacting local MP's and attending community forums to raise issues about the lack of public lymphoedema services and a compression garment subsidy
- 2015 -LASA Committee begins to accompany Prof. Piller on Lymphoedema Screening and Information Events throughout the state. These sessions enable us to learn more about what the real issues affecting the SA Lymphoedema Community are and raise awareness of the lack of PUBLIC lymphoedema services and a compression garment subsidy scheme
- 1994 - The Yorke Peninsula Branch of the LSGSA was created with the inaugural meeting held in Moonta
- 1991 - The Lymphoedema Support Group SA Incorporated is formed following the suggestion from Drs John and Judith Casley-Smith that people living with lymphoedema create a support group
- 1989 - Here is where it all began! Lymphoedema Pioneer Michael Mason, places an advert in a SA newspaper asking anyone who has 'swelling' to meet at an Adelaide hotel. Over 100 people attend to learn for the first time about lymphoedema. With the encouragement of the late Dr John Casley-Smith, Michael became the first physiotherapist in Australia to treat lymphoedema using complex physical therapy. He then trained at the famous Foldi Clinic in Germany and went on to develop post graduate training in Australia
Increasing Awareness of Lymphoedema in the Community
The Australasian Lymphology AssociationBreast Cancer Network AustraliaCancer Council SAFlinders Medical Centre