The ILF Awards 2014, recognise achievement in the field of lymphoedema. Nominations have been accepted in the following categories:
- Risk Reduction, Awareness and Early Intervention
- Influencing Health Care Policy
- Digital Technology for Better Care
- Patient Engagement
- Most Inspiring Individual, Group or Organisation
For the Day Conference, being held at the University of Glasgow, on the 5th-7th of June, there will also be Awards presented for:
- Best Poster Presentation (decided by a public vote on Thursday/Friday)
- Best Concurrent Presentation (sponsored by Talk Lipoedema)
(a link to the voting form will be included in the joining instructions delegates will receive)
Alberta Lymphedema Association (ALA) nominated by Kim Avanthay
The Alberta Lymphedema Association has paved the way and gives hope to the other provincial associations, of being able to achieve the same across Canada. Now that Alberta has funding for all patients and has treatment clinics, the first in Canada, it sets the example and provides leverage for other Canadian provinces to lobby for the same; equitable funding and treatment.
Although the political climate in each province is different, the basic needs remain the same. These have been clearly identified by the Alberta Lymphedema Association, and as other provinces model their efforts after those of Alberta, we will present a united voice to achieve our goals across Canada. The ALA has stepped up to the challenge and taken those big steps that we will all need to adapt, in order to reach our provincial mandates. Kudos to Diane Martin and the Alberta Lymphedema Association!
Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLA) nominated by Lymphedema Association of Manitoba
Prior to the CLF, there were already many people and organizations leading efforts to raise awareness and advocate for changes in Canada for lymphedema care. However – through the leadership of the CLF, and collaboration among all stakeholders – the last 5 years has seen tremendous leaps toward advancing lymphedema care.
Since its inception in 2009 – the volunteers of the CLF executive and Research, Education and Partnership working groups have achieved remarkable activities and results. Among their accomplishments to date: two nation stakeholder meetings, a Lymphedema Landscape Study (2010), co-hosted first ILF international conference outside Europe (2011), collaborated with provincial affiliates to launch Canada's first national lymphedema magazine (2011), promoted lymphedema awareness with flash ads in Toronto subway stations (2012), co-hosted the first national lymphedema conference in Canada (2013), created first Consensus Statement on Canadian training standards for lymphedema therapists, organized a national lymphedema advocacy workshop for leaders across Canada, established a speakers/writers bureau and educational nursing module, standardized patient education material and created research advisory network.
Through the CLF’s efforts and support, the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba was able to create lymphedema awareness and provide a very professional, evidence-based publication to our members. The visibility and credibility of our organization has been elevated as we are now seen as part of a larger collaboration.
Helena Janlöv Remnerud nominated by Margareta Haag
Helena motivated me to change my lifestyle and inspired me to work for lymphoedema patients developing the patient group to a forum for lymphoedema in Sweden with the goal to form a National Lymphoedema Framework. Helena strives to implement patient-focused care and the patients get motivation from her.
Risk Reduction, Awareness and Early Intervention
Influencing Health Care Policy
Digital Technology for Better Care
Most Inspiring Individual, Group or Organisation
- Margaret Sneddon, ILF Board and University of Glasgow, Scotland
- Neil Piller, ILF Board and Flinders University, Australia
- Anna Kennedy, ILF Board and Lymphedema Association of Ontario, Canada
- Yolande Borthwick, University of Glasgow and Forth Valley Lymphoedma Service
- Rhian Noble-Jones, University of Glasgow and Macmillan Lymphoedema Academy
- Jane Rankin, Lymphoedema Lead for Northern Ireland
- Nina Linnitt, Chair of the British Lymphoedema Society
- Amanda Platt, Macmillan Lymphoedema Project Manager and ALLIANCE (Scotland)
- Margaret O’Grady, expert patient
- Jillian Bracha, Lymphoedema Specialist Physiotherapist, Israel
On the night, trophies will be presented to each of the winners, with details of their work published on the conference website. We are especially grateful to our exhibitors, the Journal of Lymphoedema, Haddenham Healthcare and Jobskin who have each sponsored an Award at the Dinner.
We warmly invite all those attending the conference to join us for a memorable evening when we celebrate the achievements of all those who are striving for a better outcome for those suffering from lymphoedema.