Medical Aid

Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast)Interplast_Supporter_Colour_H_with tag_WEB

Interplast was established in 1983, by Rotarians and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, as a Non- for- Profit Company’. Rotary, with equal share holding with the College, are directly involved in the management, direction and the funding of this extraordinary voluntary organisation. See

Interplast sends teams of qualified surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied professionals to countries in our region, being countries with inadequate medical services. They donate their time, free of charge, to provide high quality, free, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and allied services (speech/ hand therapy etc.) to persons who would not have access to, and or alternatively, could not afford such treatment.

In addition to treatment services, Interplast delivers free training and mentoring, for overseas professionals and trainees – not only during operations, but also by separate programs locally or in Australia and NZ. This improves local health services and self- sufficiency. All these services are documented and evaluated.

The medical conditions are congenital and acquired and include burns, contractures; cleft lip/ palate; trauma related injuries; tumours and many other conditions including, hypospadias and mainly involve young persons.

These programs are well planned and involve the agreement of Governments, Hospitals, medical professionals, universities/ training colleges and A&NZ professional bodies and orgs, (including Children First and ROMAC, to whom some patients are referred by Interplast surgeons and often treated in Australia by the same surgeons).

Rotarians across all Districts in A&NZ play a vital, and underpinning role in funding a significant part of the costs of these activities  e.g. travel costs, excess baggage, insurance, security, all medical supplies (with the excess left for local hospitals) ,etc.  Interplast aims to increase its surgical and training programs by about 50% in two years if it receives increased funding. Donations by Rotary Clubs will directly determine the number of programs.

The objectives of the District 9810 Interplast Committee for 2017–2018 are to fund the cost of a surgical program ($45,000) and training program ($10,000 to 35,000). Clubs may choose to fully fund a program.

Donation Instructions 
Cheque to Interplast c/ Ms Di Gillies, Rotary Co-ordinator, Interplast ANZ,  C/ Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 250 to 290 Spring Street  East Melbourne Vic 3002; Or alternatively, online at or  Interplast EFT; Westpac BSB; 033 364; A/C 36 1633 ‘Interplast ANZ’. In the form use the CLUB NAME AS  the ‘REFERENCE’, let Di know at 9249 1231 or Di Gillies and Liz Guiver.

Chair: Liz Guiver  Email

Committee: Harvey Lane, John Scroi, Bob Williams,  Geoff Weeks, Warwick Bisley, Ric Pennicott and Chris Mara

Congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate



All Interplast programs are training programs








ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)

This Rotary program in Australia and New Zealand has, to date, provided urgent medical treatment to over 300 children from 20 developing countries.  The children are brought to Australia as the level of medical treatment needed is simply not available in their home countries.  ROMAC is generously assisted by many eminent Australian surgeons who donate their time free.

Chair:   Graeme Chester
Committee: Jason Chetty, Paul Isaac, Norm Casey, Carol Quayle, Rob Clark 


Operation Cleft (“A Smile for Life”)

Provides free cleft repair surgery for under-privileged children in Bangladesh (average cost of $300 per operation) through the Operation Cleft Australia Foundation Trust (an international project of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central).

For further information contact Lindsay Mackay.