Programs funded in FY2017-18 - Interplast

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Programs funded by Rotary Clubs and Districts in the 2017-18 financial year

 

Interplast deeply appreciates the many Rotary clubs and districts which have made significant financial contributions, and wishes to recognise those which have been directly applied to specific program activities in the 2017-18 financial year.

These programs have included full plastic and reconstructive surgical programs of one to two weeks in duration, treating patients with acquired and congenital disabilities and providing training to local medical personnel, as well as training and mentoring programs focused on surgical skills and nurse education.

In the 2017-18 financial year, a number of program activities were partially or fully funded by Rotary clubs and districts, as outlined below. Please note that programs may not be delivered in the same financial year as funds received.

To see the list of all clubs and districts that generously provided funding in the last financial year, click here.

Rotary District 9765

Sir Benjamin Rank Scholarships: This long-standing scholarship funded Fijian surgeon, Dr Semesa Matanaicake’s attendance at the Australia and New Zealand Burns Association conference in Adelaide, and Dr Akule Awasano’s attendance at the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association conference and at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s Annual Scientific Congress in Sydney.

Samoa, September 2017: The Rotary Club of Kenwick supported the surgical program at Tuapa Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia.

Fiji, November 2017: The Rotary Club of Ascot supported a surgical and mentoring program at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

Laos, February 2018: The Rotary Club of Kenwick supported the surgical program at the Mahosot General Hospital in Vientiane.

Rotary District 9455

Myanmar, December 2017: The surgical mentoring and nurse education program at Yangon General Hospital was supported by the district.

Tonga, February 2018: The annual surgical and mentoring program at Vaiola Central Hospital was funded by the district.

Equipment: The district funded a skin graft knife which was donated to Khovsgol United Hospital in Murun in remote Mongolia, a set of microsurgical loupes (specialised surgical glasses with magnification lenses) with accessories for Papua New Guinea (PNG) surgeon, Dr Akule Awasano, and a diathermy machine to control bleeding during surgery, for use by Interplast’s volunteer surgical team on various programs.

Rotary District 9500

Bhutan, October 2017: The Rotary Club of Gawler and The Rotary Foundation supported a two-week vocational training team to Thimpu, with a dual focus on head and neck and microsurgical reconstruction with local surgeons, and hand therapy with local physiotherapy staff.

Rotary District 9650

Kiribati, March 2018: The district supported a nurse education program at Tungaru Central Hospital, with a focus on basic life support, post-operative care, wound care and pain management.

Rotary District 9675

Solomon Islands, August 2017: The district supported a surgical program which was delivered at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, with an outreach visit to Gizo Hospital in Gizo.

Rotary District 9780

Surgical workshop, November 2017: The district supported an advanced reconstructive surgical skills workshop held at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, by funding 14 surgeons from the Pacific region to attend. The workshop was delivered by a faculty of nine volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons from Australia, New Zealand and one Fijian plastic surgeon.

Anaesthetic observational placement, November 2017: The district has been funding the observational placement for two Indonesian anaesthetic registrars for 10 years. The placement was held at Ballarat Health Services, Geelong Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Rotary District 9800

PNG, March 2018: The Rotary Club of Melbourne funded the role of a nurse educator in a surgical and training program at the Modilon General Hospital in Madang.

 

Rotary District 9810

Solomon Islands, November 2017: The district funded a nurse education program at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.

Vanuatu, April 2018: The district funded a surgical and training program at Port Vila General Hospital.

Solomon Islands, May 2018: The district funded a team of nurse educators to deliver a multi-faceted education program in Honiara, which included a community breast cancer awareness and breast care program as well as nurse education focused on general ward nursing and management.

Rotary District 9820

Scholarship: The Rotary Clubs of Mt Eliza and Seaford Carrum Downs funded a scholarship for Fijian surgeon, Dr Timoci Qereqeretabua, to attend the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association conference and at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s Annual Scientific Congress in Sydney.

 

Rotary District 9920

Fiji, July 2017: The district and The Rotary Foundation supported a vocation training team to deliver the first of a two-part surgical program at Lautoka Hospital. Part two of the program has been postponed due to fire damage at the hospital.

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