Interplast team receives award from Laos embassy

Plastic surgeons James Savundra and Philip Slattery accept the award on behalf of the Interplast volunteer team from the Australian Embassy’s Second Secretary, Nataly Miranda Veloso, with jubilant members of the Laos medical staff in the background. Photo: Australian Embassy in Laos

Our long-term commitment to Laos was recognised recently by the Australian Embassy, which presented our visiting volunteer team and local Laos medical team with a 65th anniversary award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Australia-Laos relations in medical services.

The awards celebrate this year’s 65th anniversaryof formal Laos-Australian relations.

The Interplast volunteer team accepted their award during their recent surgical program visit, during which they provided more than 150 consultations and more than 50 free operations to Lao patients who otherwise may not have had access to surgery, or not been able to afford it.

The program was covered in a lovely piece by Laos-based freelance writer Lilani Goonesena on her blog, Eat Drink Laos.

You can also see a range of images on the Australian Embassy in Laos Facebook page here and here.

Interplast has been sending volunteer surgical teams to Laos for more than two decades to train local medical staff and deliver reconstructive and plastic surgery for a range of needs.

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