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Support for Interplast 2021


Interplast was started in 1983 as a joint project of Rotary with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It is strongly supported by Rotary Clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand. Its motto is “Repairing bodies, rebuilding lives” by plastic and reconstructive surgery programs and training. 

Interplast’s last team to travel overseas was February 2020, to Laos. But then came COVID-19. Since then the program’s team and volunteers have worked hard to continue to support the partners, however they can.

Interplast has:

  • Developed comprehensive on-line and remote education, across seven clinical specialities, including Anaesthesia, Nursing and Surgical techniques
  • These have been delivered by live webinars, available at no cost to anyone who wishes to view them
  • The 28 webinars to date have been recorded, and so are also available on demand to participants, and new viewers as well.
  • Six new webinars have been confirmed before April.
  • Interplast has had almost 2000 participants in this remote training, across 24 developing countries.
  • They have reached Afghanistan, Nauru and the Cook Islands for the first time!

Interplast has also developed training videos across seven topics, including COVID-19 infection control, and feeding babies with cleft lips and palates.

In addition, Interplast has sent clinical equipment and supplies including skin graft knives to Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Sri Lanka, and burns dressings to a hospital in Nepal.

Interplast has formed a partnership with the Australian & New Zealand Burns Association, and an NGO called Interburns, to educate communities in burns prevention, as well as build capacity in medical facilities for the treatment of patients with severe burns. This program includes social media campaigns on burns prevention, and training for nurses in managing treatment of burns patients. 

View the excellent PowerPoint presentation, which we were unable to see due to computer issues. 

The Rotary Club of Karrinyup has provided ongoing support for many years and continues to do so.

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