ROMAC - Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
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What is ROMAC?
ROMAC stands for Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children and is a combined Australia and New Zealand Multi-district Rotary project. ROMAC has been in operation for over 30 years.
 
Mission Statement
ROMAC provides surgical treatment for children in Australia and New Zealand from developing countries from our Pacific region in the form of life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.
Objectives
  • Provide hope and restore dignity to transform a child’s life
  • Provide the best possible surgical and medical expertise
  • Engage Rotary and the community at all levels to fund and support the ROMAC cause
  • To maintain and improve the quality of the management process and ensure high quality governance of the ROMAC project
Rosie, ROMAC’s 5th patient in 1991 and now our Ambassador,
with Dulcia a recent scoliosis patient.
 
ROMAC commenced in March 1988 out of the actions of an Australian Rotarian who, with a group of surgeons, visited Lambasa in Fiji. They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places. They quickly identified that lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills for children of the island nations in Oceania, was a major cause. Rotary faced the challenge to assist an 18-year-old Fijian girl whose right leg was threatened if immediate surgery was not performed.
During the next four years, eight children were brought to Australia for major, often lifesaving, surgery. Soon 20 Australian Rotary clubs were caught up in the success of each case and assisted in various ways. ROMAC established five regions representing clubs in the west, east, south, north and centre of the country.
 
It was a slow and steady process to promote the objectives and raise awareness of ROMAC in the New Zealand region, but the number of patients treated in New Zealand has risen to more than 25 patients per year.
ROMAC in New Zealand and Australia enlists assistance from medical experts, hospitals, nurses, physiotherapists, pathology and radiology services, airlines, sponsors and other supporters. Today ROMAC is providing surgical treatment to around 50 children from Oceania every year – we are making a huge difference in their lives.
 
Today, ROMAC continues its amazing work, however, we need the support of every Rotarian and their Rotary Clubs to continue this important, emotional, lifesaving and dignity restoring medical aid so needed in the Oceania Region.
 
or         d9685chair@romac.org.au