By: Lymphoedema Therapists  05-Apr-2012

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This report from Denise Flett

The 2011 New Zealand Lymphoedema Hui was a great success! Originally planned for Christchurch, the Hui was held in Dunedin. Many thanks to therapists Deb Handcock and Olivia Shirley who picked up the conference organisation after the devastating Christchurch earthquake and put together a fantastic venue and programme from Dunedin.

The conference programme had a great selection of speakers and topics including: surgical aspects of lymphoedema development and also lymphoedema surgical management, vascular compression, dietary support for lymphoedema, hydrotherapy, neuropathic post mastectomy pain, ’ Health Pathways’ in lymphoedema management, exercise programmes for lymphoedema and a model of lymphoedema self management.

Dunedin put on some great weather for the weekend and I think the group could all recommend the 

for a great Italian dinner for a big crowd and also 

for excellent central and affordable accommodation.

Many thanks to the conference sponsors:

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Posted 29 March 2011
Many thanks to the hard work and commitment from the Lymphoedema Therapists of the Waitemata District Health Board who have established and provided an excellent service for New Zealand’s largest Health Board. It is with sadness that from May both  therapists  will be leaving to retire and to travel abroad, but discussions with the HR team of the WDHB have confirmed that it is a priority for the organisation to continue with this service and that new therapists will be employed to work out of both North Shore Hospital and Waitakere Hospital. 
Posted 29 March 2011
The Biennial  National Hui for NZ Lymphoedema Therapists 2011  is being held from Friday 27thMay – Sunday 29thMay at the Otago University School of Physiotherapy. We are looking forward to an exciting programme and a wonderful opportunity to meet and network as a group.

(Posted 25 March 2011)

has recently completed her registration to conduct Healthy Steps (Lebed) courses - this is great news for Auckland!

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Healthy Steps The Lebed Method

The programme combines sound physical therapy practice with the freeing aspects of graceful movement, incorporating music, positive reinforcement from a group, and empowerment through information and education,” says Michele. An array of colourful ‘accessories’ were laid out for use in the session: small coloured balls, Hawaiian leis, coin belts for belly dancing and glittery Top Hats, just to name a few.