Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) allows children from Timor Leste and Pacific Islands to come to Australia or New Zealand for live saving or dignity restoring surgery that they can’t get at home. The Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick is one of the many specialist children’s hospitals that provide treatment for these children. Recent local cases have involved major open-heart, neurological and orthopedic surgeries.
Rotary pays for all visa, transport, medical and local care and support meaning that the funds strengthen our local health system. Surgeons benefit from the opportunity to develop their skills on complex and more advanced cases that they may not usually see in Australia. Members of local communities from the patient’s country of origin support the ROMAC team with intepreting and/or home hospitality during the recovery period.
To date, well over 500 children have been given new lives through this great Program of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.
Randwick Rotary member Richard Woodburn is currently the Eastern Region (NSW/ACT) Chair of ROMAC. He co-ordinates patient care and support whilst they are undergoing treatment. All members assist with fundraising to make this work possible and assist with the care and support of locally treated patients and their carers. Assistance to patients transiting through Mascot airport for treatment in other States is also provided.
For more information see www.romac.org.au