Interplast is a small charitable organisation started by Rotary in 1983 through a partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Rotary continues to be crucial in both governance and support from clubs and Districts throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The Constitution designates Rotary members of the Company, the Board of Directors and the Rotarian Committee of 9 Past District Governors.
Interplast sends fully qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide free surgical treatment for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services.
Treatment is aimed at providing function and mobility for conditions such as cleft lip and palate, tumours and burns scar contractures. We also focus heavily on facilitating medical training and mentoring for in-country medical personnel through building capacity and supporting local health services in direct response to in-country requests.
A fundamental component of all our activities is to leave a legacy through strengthening, improving and expanding the abilities of our neighbours’ medical staff. The number of programs delivered has grown to over 70 a year.
The continuing financial support of Rotarians is crucial to enabling the life-changing work of the Interplast volunteer medical teams.
Visit the Interplast website for further information or contact your Interplast District 9930 Chair, Elizabeth Wright, either through your District Directory or the Interplast website.