Lymphoedema Support Group – Tasmania
42 Stanley St
About Lymphoedema Support Group – Tasmania
The Lymphoedema Support Group – Tasmania is a voluntary, self-help organization in Australia dedicated to providing information and support to individuals affected by lymphedema, educating and supporting family members, and promoting professional and public awareness. Lymphedema is characterized by an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid, in and associated swelling of, certain body tissues due to lymphatic system abnormalities that cause obstruction of normal lymph flow into the bloodstream. Lymph is a bodily fluid that contains certain white blood cells (lymphocytes), fats, and proteins, and functions as an essential part of the immune system. It accumulates outside blood vessels in spaces between cells in tissues and flows back into the bloodstream via lymph vessels. Individuals with lymphedema may experience swelling that increases over time, a feeling of heaviness and discomfort in the affected area, pain, susceptibility to infection, and, in some severe cases, loss of mobility. The Tasmanian Lymphoedema Support Group was established in 1994 and currently has approximately 80 members. The group engages in patient advocacy and lobbying efforts, promotes research, and provides referrals. The Tasmanian Lymphoedema Support Group also provides a variety of educational materials including brochures and publishes a regular newsletter.