Public Talk on Current Trends in Lymphedema Therapy by Vicky Ralph | Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
Ministry of Health seeks to identify and fill knowledge gaps to improve delivery of patient care. Private university takes up the challenge to address industry’s talent needs. Public Talk on Current Trends in Lymphedema Therapy and Certificate Awards Ceremony in Conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Friday, 9th October 2015 – YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya, Deputy Minister of Health, Malaysia, today attended a public talk titled “Current Trends in Lymphedema Therapy” by Ms. Victoria Ralph, a world renowned occupational therapist from the United States of America. The event, which was also attended by over 200 participants, was jointly organized by Yayasan Budi Penyayang and Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) in Conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya, Deputy Minister of Health, Malaysia delivering his address to the participants at the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences.

 

The public talk was the highlight of a 10 day training course held at the premises of University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering on 28 September 2015 – 9 October 2015, in which over 20 participants were trained on the latest in massage therapy to treat lymphedema. Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in arms or legs and is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. This illness has no cure and therapy focuses on reducing the swelling and controlling the pain.

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Vicki Ralph delivering a public talk on the Current Trends in Lymphedema Therapy over 200 participants from various Malaysian universities at the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences.

 

The talk was delivered by Vicki Ralph, MPPA, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, who has been an Occupational Therapist since 1982 and has a wealth of experience working in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient settings. She has in the past, established and built an inpatient and outpatient lymphedema program within two hospital and outpatient clinic locations in the United States.

 

YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya, Deputy Minister of Health, Malaysia flanked by YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak, President of CUCMS and YBhg. Dato’ Leela Mohd Ali, CEO of Penyayang, handing out Certificates to participants of the 10-day training course.

 

YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi in his speech noted that lymphedema is often not mentioned to patients as a possible side effect of breast cancer treatment. This omission can have a significant impact. Women are less likely to take proper precautions to try to prevent the condition or to seek proper care once it develops if they are unaware that lymphedema is something they should be concerned about.

It was for this reason that YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of organizations such as Yayasan Budi Penyayang who has been active in raising the awareness of lymphedema and available therapies.

 

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YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya, Deputy Minister of Health, Malaysia flanked by YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak, President of CUCMS and YBhg. Dato’ Leela Mohd Ali, CEO of Penyayang, handing out Certificates to participants of the 10-day training course.

 

“We need to build on national level lymphedema therapy programs to identify some of the knowledge gaps in the profession and begin to fill them in” said YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi in his closing speech.

This illness further highlights the growing need and demand for well trained, knowledgeable and competent therapist. The Institute Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA) in a study titled ”Manpower Requirement In The Healthcare Sub-Sectors In Malaysia” identified allied health science professionals such occupational therapists and physiotherapists as critical talent gap for the nation. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, a top tier university focusing on healthcare shares this vision of the Government and seeks to fill this critical talent gap by providing high quality, approved tertiary education to produce competent graduates in the role of Physiotherapists. The University’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is a 4-year programme that involves the study of physical function of the human body and disease and is essential to health, mobility and independence in cases of illness, injury and disability.

The public talk on Friday ended with the Minister awarding Certificates of Participation to all 20 participants who attended the 10-day training.

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This press release has been prepared and released on behalf of Yayasan Budi Penyayang and Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences. For media enquiries please contact Mr. Jullian John at 03-8313 7000, 017-611 0670 or at jullianjohn@cybermed.edu.my

 

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Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences is a top tier university in Malaysia that focuses on niche healthcare programmes. The university has been rated as Tier-5 (Excellent) by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. Strategically located on a modern, fully equipped 5 acre campus in the heart of Cyberjaya, the university currently has over 3500 students who are enrolled in more than 20 programmes ranging from degree to postgraduate research courses in areas such as medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, psychology, homeopathic medical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational safety and health, biomedical engineering technology, paramedical sciences and more. The university can be contacted at 03-8313 7000 or via email at inquiry@cybermed.edu.my.

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