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LAOSA is a South African non-profit (164-391 NPO) organisation for professional individuals interested in lymphoedema treatment, as well as research and training in lymphology and lymphoedema. We strive to promote access to complete Lymphoedema care in the public and private healthcare sectors. We provide the public, medical colleagues and third party payors with a National Practice Register of those qualified to treat Lymphoedema in order to ensure standards of care in the field of Lymphoedema are upheld. LAOSA engages regularly with Medical Aids and Third Party Payors to improve the reimbursement for treatment.

We encourage and support research in the area of Lymphology, Lymphoedema and other oedemas particularly as it relates to the South African context. LAOSA provides a statement of Standards of Education for Lymphoedema therapists, which can be found in the Wound Healing Association of South Africa's journal, Decmber 2018 issue. LAOSA stays abreast of certifications offered and is able to direct queries to relevant training facilities. We offer short courses which assist with continued professional development.  

One of our biggest achievements to date has been the awareness created through consultattions with Government, Health Care Providers, Third Party Payors, Educators and other stakeholders on the effective management of Lymphoedema and other oedemas.

We consistently work to increase awareness of the diagnosis and treatment of Lymphoedema in the health care sector as well as in the general public. Join the whatsapp group and gain support and a forum for sharing of ideas amongst professionals working in the field.


Why should I join LAOSA?
You will be part of a pioneering body that promotes effective lymphoedema management in SA.
You will be informed of Lymphoedema Management training courses as well as CPD events hosted by LAOSA.
If you are a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist, you will be added to the LAOSA find a therapist page so that patients can access you easily. You will be part of a collaboration of private and public sector professionals aiming to ensure lymphoedema care for all.

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How do I become a Member?

Its as easy as clicking on the membership button below and following the instruction.  

For full membership we require documentation detailing your registration with the HPCSA or SANC, as well as proof of 135+ hours training and successful certification in CDT/CLT by a recognised training programme. Other documentation may be requested and you will be advised if this is so.


Showing your interest

For associate membership you will also need to submit your registration with your professional body, where appropriate.
Once your application is successful, you have agreed to abide by the LAOSA CONSTITUTION, and you have paid your fees, you will become a member of the society. You will then receive your membership number, and information about how to access the “Members” section of our website.


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