Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body.
This is due to a mechanical failure of the lymphatic system and occurs when the demand for lymphatic drainage exceeds the capacity of the lymphatic circulation. The condition usually affects the limb(s) although it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck or genital area.
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid (lymph) from the body tissues back to the bloodstream. The functions of the lymphatic system are to maintain the volume and protein concentration of the extracellular fluid in the body and to assist the immune system in destroying pathogens and removing waste products from the tissues.
Yvonne is a registered NZ Physiotherapist, who is passionate about seeing Lymphoedema Management and Treatment courses run in New Zealand. She has run both Level 1 & 2 classes for the last 5 years and her desire is to see every region of our country offering an excellent service in the Management and Treatment of Lymphoedema. Yvonne heads up the ALA Equity Working Party in New Zealand, working to see change in services offered and funding for compression garments for all, that is fair and not based on geographical location.
She has worked for many years for the Nelson-Marlborough DHB, specialising in ‘Women’s Health’ since 1995, after completing a Physiotherapy Diploma in Women’s Health. After completing Level 1 Management and Treatment of Lymphoedema in 2003, and later Level 2, she commenced running a Lymphoedema Clinic for the region. Yvonne also completed the Certified Lymphoedema Therapist Training in Colorado USA with Klose Lymphoedema Training, as preparation for running national courses in NZ.
Yvonne has over 18 years of experience in all aspects of lymphoedema management, organising and bringing presenters from Australia prior to starting Lymphoedema Consulting and Training in New Zealand. She is an Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) member and has been registered on the ALA National Lymphology Practitioners Register (NLPR) since its inception.