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Australian High Commission Hosts Visiting Surgeons

The Australian High Commission hosted a reception in Suva for the visiting Interplast surgical team. This was in appreciation of the free reconstructive surgeries and training they provided over the
15 Nov 2014 08:18
Australian High Commission Hosts Visiting Surgeons
Members of the visiting Interplast team and Suva North Rotarians with team leader Dr Frank Gimble (front, fourth from left), Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar and Acting Australian head of mission Karinda D’Aloisio at last night’s reception.

The Australian High Commission hosted a reception in Suva for the visiting Interplast surgical team.

This was in appreciation of the free reconstructive surgeries and training they provided over the past two weeks.

Arriving in the country on Monday, November 3, the Interplast Plastic and Surgical Team worked out of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. The team trained local medical personnel and treated patients with cleft lip and palate, burn scarring, limb trauma, facial deformities and other conditions requiring reconstructive surgery.

The Australian Government jointly funds Interplast visits with Australian and New Zealand Rotary Clubs.

“Interplast teams have been visiting Fiji since 1983 to provide free surgical intervention programmes to relieve people of disability,” the acting Australian head of mission, Karinda D’Aloisio, told reception guests at the Pacific Fusion Training Restaurant at USP.

“This is the 116th Interplast visit to Fiji, celebrating 31 years of Interplast activities. To date, Interplast teams have conducted more than 8730 consultations and 4760 life-changing procedures in Fiji,” Ms D’Aloisio added.

The Australian Government funds approximately 50 surgical teams annually in the Pacific. The assistance, under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Pacific Islands Programme, addresses specific needs in local medical services and builds local medical staff capacity.

Dr Frank Gimble led the Interplast team, which included two plastic surgeons, two anaesthetists, two nurses, a speech pathologist and a physiotherapist.

“The cases we’ve done were predominantly cleft lip and palate deformities, burns and a large number of hand and upper lip surgeries. We saw 60 cases on this visit, ranging from simple to the more complex, time-consuming procedures,” Dr Gimble said.

He then joined Ms D’Aloisio in thanking the Fiji Government, local Rotarians, medical staff and educators for sharing their knowledge, time and hospitality.

The Interplast team leaves the country today.

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