by Desley Beechey

 

I am Desley Beechey from the Rotary Club of Ballarat South and have recently been appointed as ROMAC Chair for District 9780.

 

I would appreciate the opportunity to share current information on ROMAC with your club.  ROMAC provides surgical treatment in Australia and New Zealand for children from developing countries within our Pacific region in the form of life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.  This great humanitarian Rotary program offers a dramatic improvement in the quality of life for the individual child and their community.

Recently ROMAC's IT Support Chair, Richard Woodburn, undertook a review of ROMAC patient information and reported that the number of children treated by ROMAC since our inception currently stands at 537.  There have been 634 cases on record because some children have had to return to Australia or New Zealand for follow-up treatment.

At this time, the federal government will not allow children to be bought into Australia or New Zealand because of restrictions due to the pandemic.  However, we have around 40 children on our waiting list who will be treated as soon as possible.

If your program committee can schedule a ROMAC presentation in the 2021-22 year, I would be delighted to either join your club meeting via Zoom or attend personally (COVID-19 permitting) to show our 10 minute Video on ROMAC and answer any questions.  Please contact me, either by my email: desley13@bigpond.com or on my mobile: 0419526687, to organise this.