The The South African Multi-Disciplinary Lymphoedema Position Statement
The South African position statement was compiled by members of the Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (LAOSA). This document serves to define lymphoedema and its management within a South African context and should be used as a quick reference when formulating policies and planning for health services across public and private sectors. Appropriate management of lymphoedema should be performed by healthcare providers (HCP) who are appropriately trained i.e. 135 hours for certification in the field of lymphoedema. There is a National Practice Register which is managed by LAOSA and is available on request (www.laosa.co.za). There are certified occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, orthotists, doctors and AHPCSA professionals. Not all HCPs listed are contracted in by medical aids.