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Support Association of Australia Inc.

 

Phone: 0402 204 611

About Lymphoedema and Obesity Support

The not for profit L.O.S.A.A. will strive to achieve:

  • To offer support to the community with Oedema, lymphoedema and Lipoedema conditions.
  • To provide information and education about lymphoedema and Lipoedema into all the needed communities.
  • Run community Seminars for self - help awareness programs to improve the quality of people's lives living with lymphoedema.
  • Communicate more with the Medical Practitioners to increasetheir knowledge of treating lymphoedema and Lipoedema. 
  • Offer lymphoedema awareness Seminars to Personal Carers to increase their knowledge of working in the community with lymphoedema clients.
  • To be able to offer information in Nutrition, Diet and an Exercise program for Obese Adults and Children with Lymphoedema.
  • Apply for more resources for patients who are not in a financial situation to afford the large costs for treatment and support garments.

L.O.S.A.A. is looking into a research program for lipoedema:

The association has grown over the past few years, allowing us now to apply for a much bigger and needed grant over a few years to try and find a reason and understanding for Lipoedema. This condition has become overwhelming around Australia and overseas as well.

LIPOEDEMA:

For so many years, Lipoedema ladies have suffered from this condition in a lot of inhuman ways from the public, family members, friends and even their Dr's, specialists and pretty much most Health Professionals in general. It is only of late, that Dr's are finally agreeing to Lipoedema being a medical condition. Thanks to a lot of research done by interested people like Dr Karen Herbst in Americal, Dr Neil Piller from Adelaide University S.A. this is just two from a long list of researchers. 

Lipoedema, is a chronic, hereditary, and genetic disorder of the adipose tissue generally affecting the legs and, in some cases, the upper arms. As Lipoedema progresses, patients become increasingly heavy in the lower body. The additional, expanding fat cells interfere with the pathways of lymphatic vessels, and patients can develop secondary lymphoedema a condition known as lipo-lymphoedema in many cases according to research. 

Lymphoedema Practitioner, Pauline Wallace (Queensland), has treated many patients with Lymphoedema and Lipoedema. Research has proven this condition is often set off at Puberty in the women patients, some from pregnancy and others menoapuse. There is a positive conclusion that HORMONES are playing a considerable imput into Lipoedema. More patients from the ''Palms Lymphoedema Clinic" Queensland, have also undergone the Lymphoscintigraphy dye test and had positive results showing Primary Lymphoedema. This outcome is very interesting, when there was a high percentage of Primary Lymphoedema patients, with Lipoedema after having children. 

All of those who have suffered from this condition would agree, it would be wonderful to find a reason, treatment, cure or even an answer to WHY? this condition Lipoedema has come about and to help prevent further generations from being subject to Lipoedema. 

There are still a lot of unanswered reason for getting to the pinnacle of this condition Lipoedema. The first stages of the research if the application for the grant is accepted would be held in the North Burnett area of Queensland in the town of Monto. 

Further information and documentaion will be avaiable when the committee has contacted and heard from all the necessary organisations we need to partner with. 

The L.O.S.A.A. would like to thank everyone who are going to support this research. We look forward to working with you for your needed help with the program. 

Regards

Penny Stockwell (president)

 

 

 

 

 

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