AUS & NZ to Boost Health Service for Samoa

Group photo from last year’s visit, (Left to Right) Dr Damian Marucci, Dr Alan Goodey, Dr Petueli Emose, Mary-Jane Laing, Australian High Commission Charge D’Affaires Amanda Jewell, Lauren Harrower, Dr Ben Norris, Katie Anjou, Thomas Loporto. (photo: credit)

INTERPLAST PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY VISIT
INTERPLAST TEAM VISIT TO SAMOA
MALIETOA TANUMAFILI II (MT2) HOSPITAL (28 – 31 August 2019)
TUPUA TAMASESE MEAOLE (TTM) HOSPITAL (2 -7 September 2019)

(AusCOM) Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) will visit Apia & Savaii in Samoa from the 28th August – 8th September 2019.

The team will be at the Malietoa Tanumafili II (MT2) Hospital in Savaii from the 28 – 31 August and then at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) Hospital in Apia from 2–7 September 2019 to facilitate plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training. The team will be led by Dr Benjamin Norris and will include two plastic surgeons, one anaesthetist, three nurses and a physiotherapist.

Consultation clinics at each hospital will be held on:

• Wednesday 28th August at MT2 Hospital in Savaii

• Monday 2nd September at TTM Hospital in Apia

Patients with conditions including cleft lip and palate, scarring from burns, hand injuries and tumours are urged to contact the Surgical Unit at the TTM Hospital or Dr Nolan Fuamatu at MT2 Hospital for an appointment. Please note patients with common skin diseases or cosmetic conditions will be excluded from this consultation.

The physiotherapist will provide mentoring to the local physiotherapy department but also assist the surgical team clinically with some of the patients seen and assist in their rehabilitation. Interplast medical teams, funded by the Australian Government and Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand, have been visiting Samoa since 1983 to provide free surgical intervention programs to relieve people of disability. To date 2789 consultations and 1406 life-changing procedures have been conducted in Samoa.

The 2019 program will be the 37th Interplast visit to Samoa celebrating over 35 years of Interplast activities in Samoa and is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (ANCP & PIP), Rotary District 9810 and Interplast. The Australian Government, through the Pacific Islands Program (PIP), supports approximately 50 specialist surgical/medical teams every year in the Pacific. The PIP, which is managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, fills specific gaps in local medical services and provides capacity building to local medical staff. To make an appointment to see the Interplast team at TTM Hospital, contact: Dr Aleki Fuimaono or Dr Petueli Emose – Surgical Unit at TTM Hospital. Ph: +685 66600 Dr Nolan Fuamatu – Senior Medical Officer – MT2 Hospital. Ph: +685 53511

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