Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Rotarians and the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1983. Interplast is actively supported by Rotarians in clubs and districts throughout Australia and New Zealand and Rotarians continue to play an integral role in the governance of Interplast.
Interplast works to improve the quality of life for people who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures. They do this by sending 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. They focus heavily on facilitating medical training and mentoring for in-country medical personnel by supporting and building the capacity of local health services and has established a reputation for high quality service delivery.
Thirty years later, Interplast has performed over 32,000 consultations, provided over 21,000 procedures and delivered training to hundreds of in-country medical personnel.
The demand for Interplast's services remains high and continuing financial support is essential. To celebrate Interplast's 30th birthday, District 9685 is presently working to raise $50,000 to fund a complete Interplast surgical program. Your Interplast District Chair is happy to provide a guest speaker to bring your club up to date about the work of Interplast (email Interplast@rotarydistrict9685.org.au) or you can contact the Rotarian Coordinator at the Interplast office : 03 9249 1231 or Di.Gillies@interplast.org.au