Bagdad Quilting Supplies have very generously donated the proceeds of their latest raffle to the Tasmanian Lymphoedema Centre, thanks go to Judy Duckett for her generosity. We have also received a $50 voucher from The Farmshed in Bicheno and also a $100 restaurant voucher from White Sands for our next raffle. Thanks to everyone for your generosity it goes a long way in assisting the committee with our fundraising efforts.
The Tasmanian Lymphoedema Centre was fortunate to receive a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) in Round 34 to assist us in purchasing a new Bio-impedence Spectrometer which will provide state of the art analysis of fluid and body composition. This will enable us to access the most accurate data available to assist us in planning treatment and also monitoring progress.
In addition to the bio-impedence machine we will be purchasing a pressure monitor which will enable us to demonstrate the pressure applied to the body by under garments and bandaging.
Once the machine is installed and training is complete we will be offering a free day of assessments to the organisations that have assisted us in reaching our goal. We received community support from many individuals and organisations. The machine will also enable us to undertake fundraising into the future which will help ensure our sustainability.
The independent community funding body, the Tasmanian Community Fund was established following the sale of the Trust Bank in 1999 to give back to the community proceeds from the sale of a community asset. Since that time the TCF has allocated approximately $58.6 million to approximately 1700 statewide projects. We are very grateful for their support.
We are fortunate to have support from the members of the Break O’Day Stitchers who very generously give a donation each year to support the Centre. Donations from the past two years have been put toward purchasing our new bio-impedence spectrometer.
We are very grateful for this support and look forward to meeting more members of Break O’Day Stitchers who will be coming to the centre for a free assessment once our new machine is in place.
Our President, Nev Shaw and Therapist Jak Isaksen attended a morning tea to receive the cheque and thoroughly enjoyed the company and the food!
During February one of the world’s leading experts in Lymphoedema research, diagnosis and treatment has been providing assessments at the Tasmanian Lymphoedema and Laser Therapy Centre in St Marys since 1999.
Prof Neil Piller and his team, Dr Malou Van Zanten and Toni Piller have been great supporters of the Centre in St Marys over many years and he and his team provide their time free of charge. Prof Piller has been a regular visitor to Tasmania over the past two decades providing assessments for people in Tasmania suffering from Lymphoedema.
Seeing a Lymphoedema practitioner early can prevent complications, provide advice on skin care, and demonstrate exercises that can assist in targeting and sequencing of treatment. Treatment can reduce the risk of infection and assist clients in managing their condition. Early detection can result in a much improved outcome and stop its progression for someone suffering from Lymphoedema.
Secondary Lymphoedema is a chronic progressive disorder which results in an accumulation of fluid in the body due to damage or removal of lymph nodes. There are also congenital forms of the disease collectively known as Primary Lymphoedema.
St Marys is fortunate to have the Tasmanian Lymphoedema and Laser Therapy Centre which is located at the St Marys Community Health Centre. It has the latest laser treatment technology and provides lymph drainage massage and other treatment options.
Many clients combine a trip to the clinic with a short holiday in the Break O’Day Region as many local accommodation houses offer discounts for clients of the clinic.