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Oedema and Lymphoedema Support Services

Mater Health and Wellness offers a range of private allied health services which prevent, protect and reduce the impact of oedema and lymphoedema. Located in South Brisbane, we are open to the general public as well as Mater staff members and patients.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema presents as a swelling of a limb or other body parts when the lymphatic system is not functioning normally. It may arise from congenital malformation of the lymphatics (primary) or damage to the lymphatic vessels and/or lymph nodes (secondary). It is a chronic condition that is not curable at present but may be managed with many symptoms alleviated by appropriate management. The earlier treatment is commenced, the more successful the outcome.

What is Oedema?

Oedema is commonly referred to fluid retention, and occurs when the fluid isn’t removed from the tissues.

Fluid retention (oedema) can happen when swelling occurs throughout the body (generalised oedema) or when particular parts of the body are affected by swelling (localised oedema).

There are a wide range of factors which can cause fluid retention including hormones, how our body reacts to hot weather, dietary deficiency or is triggered by some medication. However, fluid retention may be also be a symptom of serious underlying conditions such as heart, kidney or liver disease.

Treatment for Lymphoedema and Oedema

Mater Health and Wellness offer a variety of treatment options, including manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, low level laser and intermittent pneumatic compression pump.

Our multi-disciplinary team of allied health specialists can also help you manage your condition by conducting: 

  • a bioimpedence analysis of your body and limb measurement
  • assessment, prescription and fitting of compression garments - both off the shelf and complex cushion made garments
  • assessment and treatment to support caring for  thickened nails
  • assessment and support to enhance your nutrition and wellbeing.

We also provide specialised education and training for clients with lymphoedema or oedema to help them self-manage their condition, including specific exercises for lymphoedema, skin care routines, bandaging techniques and how to use compression garments.

Request an appointment

To access our oedema and lymphoedema support services, simply complete our online appointment request form and one of our staff members will contact you to set up your appointment.




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Level 1, Mater Corporate

Services Building

Raymond Terrace

South Brisbane Qld 4101