Kate has been working as a physiotherapist since 1988 and has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy as well as a Master of Physiotherapy. She is a Titled Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Cancer and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist and a Member of the College of Australian Physiotherapists.
Complementing her many years of experience, Kate has completed an extensive range of professional development initiatives, including Level One and Level Two (Advanced Course) in lymphoedema training.
Kate is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Special Interest Group. She is also a member of the APA’s Continence and Women’s Health Special Interest Group.
Kate has been a pioneer in improving national lymphoedema awareness and assessment, and in 2019 received the Australasian Lymphology Association’s Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award.
She regularly speaks at training programs, seminars and conferences related to breast cancer and lymphoedema, and continues to make headway in creating better support for patients across Australia.
Kate’s professional contributions include:
Victorian representative for the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA), 2014-2015
ALA Board Member, 2015-2018
Convenor of the ALA Symposium 2015, 2016 & 2017
Co-Convenor of the ALA’s 13th, 14th and 15th Scientific Conferences
Guest lecturer at Department of Nursing and Allied Health / Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
Guest Speaker, Think Pink
Guest Speaker, Counterpart
In 2015, Kate received a Lord Mayor’s Commendation, acknowledging her long-term commitment and contribution to the City of Melbourne.
Maddie joined Kate’s team in 2015 and has a Bachelor of Science (Biology), a Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Business from Robert Morris University in the United States.
After an early interest in sports physiotherapy, Maddie was drawn to working in lymphoedema and oncology because of the very tangible benefits she sees her patients experience from expert physiotherapy care.
A keen marathon runner and rock climber, Maddie is especially interested in the value of exercise during and after cancer treatment. She is also passionate about improving shoulder mobility and the management of cording post-breast cancer surgery, and in treating head and neck lymphoedema.
Maddie has completed a Level One and Level Two (Advanced Course) in lymphoedema training, as well as advanced training in dry needling and hydrotherapy. She is a Titled Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Cancer and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist and a Member of the College of Australian Physiotherapists.
She has been a guest tutor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health / Department of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology. She is involved in the selection process for the University of Melbourne’s School of Medicine, and part of a working group developing a mentoring program for the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).
Maddie’s professional affiliations also include membership of:
the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR)
the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA)
the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
the APA’s Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Special Interest Group
the ALA’s Professional Development and Education Committee
Erin Preston is a highly-experienced physiotherapist with extensive skills in lymphoedema education, management and treatment.
With a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Erin has been practising since 2007 and has worked in a range of community and private lymphoedema clinical settings in both Canberra and Melbourne.
She has also worked as a clinical support specialist for a compression garment manufacturer and is passionate about helping patients navigate the complex world of garment fitting and selection.
Erin empowers her patients to manage their own health and recovery and loves working with them individually to achieve specific goals.
A keen hiker and cyclist, Erin has completed Level One and Level Two (Advanced Course) in lymphoedema training, and is also an accredited clinical Pilates instructor.
Erin’s areas of expertise include:
Education, prevention and management of lymphoedema of the arms, legs, breast, head and neck, and genitals
Treatment of axillary cording
Manual lymphatic drainage
Compression and bandaging
Erin is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register (NLPR).