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Inaugural Friends Of Interplast Dinner

Thursday, August 08, 2019

The Inaugural Friends of Interplast fundraising dinner was recently held at The Carousel in Albert Park.

The dinner aims to raise much needed funds for Interplast’s work in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives across the Asia Pacific Region.

As President of Interplast, Mr Mutimer spoke at the event and is pictured below alongside recently announced ambassador, and rising AFLW star, Jess Hosking.

The evening was a huge success with funds raised being used to create the 'Friends of Interplast' Program. This will involve sending a surgical team overseas where approximately 30- 50 patients will receive life changing surgery, as well as opportunities for Interplast volunteers to build capacity and provide ongoing training.

To find out more about Interplast or to donate visit: www.interplast.org.au

Interplast 35th Anniversary Celebrations

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Last week Mr Mutimer had the pleasure of attending and addressing attendees of Interplast’s 35th Anniversary Celebrations.

 In attendance was Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC who kindly hosted the reception at Government House. The Governor praised the work of Interplast in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives across 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region, as well as acknowledged the wonderful contribution of volunteers and donors.

The event was attended by over 120 Interplast supporters including Board members & staff, volunteers, corporate partners and donors.

To find out more about Interplast or to make a donation visit www.interplast.org.au

Eureka Climb - We Did It!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
We did it! And even managed to be able to walk in the days following. 😀 On the 19th November we had 4 teams competing in the Eureka Climb - a charity fundraiser that, at 88 levels and 1642 steps, is Australia’s biggest vertical race. The event raises much needed funds for two charities - Interplast and Whitelion.

Combined, our teams raised $8300. Well done to all who participated. It was an awesome day! A few highlights to follow:




Interplast Trip To Nepal

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fresh off the plane yesterday, Mr Mutimer recently took part in a whirlwind trip to Nepal in his capacity as President of Interplast Australia & New Zealand.

Whilst in Nepal Keith met with Nepalese Government and Australian Embassy officials along with hospital administrators in Kathmandu to continue strengthening relationships in Nepal so that Interplast may continue their capacity to deliver programs in the area. There was an Interplast team working with the hospital staff during this time and they gave the hospital a sewing machine so that they would be able to make their own garments for their burns patients, a great addition to a hospital that already has remarkable sustainability systems in place.

Coinciding with his visit, Keith was also there to meet and thank members of an Interplast fundraising team, led by the always inspirational Turia Pitt, who departed Kathmandu for the hair raising plane ride into the world’s most dangerous airport (Lukla), and subsequent trek Everest Base Camp.

Keith was also fortunate to meet with Rotary volunteers & visitors whilst in Nepal to thank them for all of their fundraising efforts. A lot to fit into 4 days but an extremely successful and memorable trip. 


Above: Mr Mutimer (right) with senior medical staff.


Above: Local and visiting team members . The sewing machine was a gift to the hospital so that they can make their own compression garments for burns patients.

Above: Sewing machine/compression garments instruction session.

Above: Nepal Cleft & Burn Centre

Honorary Fellowship of The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka

Friday, November 11, 2016

In August this year Mr Mutimer travelled to Sri Lanka, where he was extremely honoured and humbled to receive an Honorary Fellowship of The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka (CSSL).  CSSL was formed over four decades ago.  Mr Mutimer received the fellowship in recognition of his distinguished services in the field of surgery.  Through his extensive work with Interplast, and in conjunction with  CSSL Mr Mutimer has played an integral part in setting up the CSSL plastic surgery training program.  When Interplast first commenced their work with Sri Lanka there were 2 plastic surgeons, 1 of whom retired the day they arrived.  Now they have the capacity to train their own plastic surgeons, a legacy Mr Mutimer and all involved are very proud of.

Interplast is the preferred charity of Brighton Plastic Surgery.

 

Interplast visit to Sri Lanka

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mr Mutimer has had a long term association with Interplast and in Feb this year was fortunate enough to undertake another Interplast trip overseas, this time to Sri Lanka.  The College of Surgeons in Sri Lanka requested Interplast assist them with the plastic surgery curriculum program development. 

During his week long visit, Mr Mutimer met with the President of the College of Surgeons and also spent time working with the current plastic surgery trainees and members of the college who are directly involved in the development of the surgical training program.

Pictured below is Mr Mutimer along with Dr Dulip Perera (second from left), a plastic surgeon from Sri Lanka who has had a long standing relationship with Interplast and the development of plastic surgery in his country. 

Following Mr Mutimer's  visit he was advised that he was nominated and accepted for honorary fellowship from the College of Surgeons Sri Lanka - which honours his contribution to the Plastic Surgery fraternity in Sri Lanka. This prestigious award is the highest given to a foreign surgeon by the college. 

Celebrating triumph over adversity

Friday, June 05, 2015
Recently the BPS team were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend "The Brighton Lunch" - a fundraising event held by Rotary. Rotary are a long standing supporter of Interplast and this lunch was held to support numerous charities, including Interplast.

Dr Mutimer spoke at the event alongside Interplast CEO, Prue Ingram.  Interplast ambassador Turia Pitt also spoke - her inspirational words highlighting that burns are still a very big issue in many countries, and how she would not have survived had her particular situation happened to her in a developing country.  Turia's work with Interplast has bought an understanding of the effects burns can have on entire communities and the impact one surgery has, not just for that person, but their whole families livelihood.  

In his address, Mr Mutimer outlined  the importance of the fundraising efforts for Interplast and the vital role they play in allowing Interplast to provide life changing surgery today, and build sustainable health systems for tomorrow.  Funds collected help surgical teams enter countries to assist local surgeons, and train them so that they are able to perform more surgeries themselves, thus improving the quality of, and saving lives.

For more information or to make a donation - visit the Interplast website.


Mr Mutimer and Interplast CEO Prue Ingram


Interplast ambassador Turia Pitt - with BPS staff Charlotte (left) and Simone (right)


 The BPS team

Interplast visit to Bhutan

Monday, September 22, 2014
Mr Mutimer recently travelled to Bhutan as part of a needs assessment team for Interplast.  Landing at the worlds 4th most dangerous airport made for some nervous flying but the team thankfully landed safely. Interplast currently do not run any programs in Bhutan, so the purpose of the trip was to establish whether an Interplast program would be useful.

Bhutan has expressed an interest in having an Interplast program in their country, not only for the valuable and life-changing operative procedures Interplast perform, but to take advantage of the teachings and knowledge to be learned from Interplast Surgeons, ensuring that the medical community of Bhutan can manage and sustain the work of Interplast, long after they are gone.  The plan would be to upskill doctors, nurses and allied health staff in reconstructive plastic surgery. Hospitals in Bhutan are quite well set up but the services offered are very basic in comparison to Australia.

Many other organizations have “camps” which fly in, operate and fly out but Bhutan is looking for training so that their doctors have the capacity to manage injuries throughout the year, not just when international help is present.

Interplast would likely initially assist with hand surgery and small general plastic surgery.  There is a strong need for both of these sustainable, entry level surgeries. Mr Mutimer witnessed a patient who had been mauled by a bear whilst picking mushrooms in a field - so it goes without saying that the presenting cases in Bhutan would be quite varied compared to most of the cases Mr Mutimer treats in Australia.

No visit to a country like Bhutan is complete without sampling the local fare - Keith found the food fascinating, extremely colourful and very different to Australian cuisine. He was taken out for dinner by a group of local doctors to an Italian restaurant who proceeded to run out of cheese. The solution? Close the restaurant! Not one to go hungry the group decided instead to dine on much enjoyed local fare.  Keith found Bhutan a beautiful country with magnificent countryside (a hikers dream) - he hopes to return one day to hike and explore the country further.

For more information on Interplast visit: https://www.interplast.org.au



Taking on the Eureka Climb

Monday, December 02, 2013

On Sunday 17th November, 12 of our team (3 teams of 4) took on the challenging Eureka Climb (www.eurekaclimb.com.au)

Eureka Climb is Australia's biggest vertical race held at one of the world's tallest residential buildings, Eureka Tower in Southbank, Melbourne.  The climb involved ascending 1642 steps to level 88 of the building (Eureka Skydeck - the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere).  Eureka Climb is in the top 20 (amount of stairs) of stair climbs in the world and is host to an Elite Race for some of Australia's best stair climbers.

The event raised much needed funds for key charity partners Interplast & Whitelion, who are both committed to helping disadvantaged young people. 

We at BPS are very involved with Interplast (www.interplast.org.au), with Keith being a member of the board (and having done numerous surgical trips) and several of our staff currently volunteering their time on overseas surgical trips in the Asia Pacific Region.

As part of this event, our teams raised $7,785 to help rebuild young lives.  

Focus on: INTERPLAST

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Interplast is an organisation that has just celebrated its 30th birthday. Mr Mutimer has been involved with Interplast for over 20 years and has travelled to Vietnam, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, China and Sri Lanka as part of a plastic surgery team who have performed hundreds of operations to improve the lives of those who would not otherwise have had access to this surgery.

What is Interplast? We here at BPS know it very well but as Interplast articulate “we believe we’re Australia and New Zealand’s best kept secret.” Interplast’s intentions are simple. They exist to repair bodies and rebuild lives. They aim to build capacity, empower communities and leave a legacy.

In a nutshell, Interplast are a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the quality of life for people with a disability - who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures.

Interplast do this by sending fully qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide free surgical treatment for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services. 

For Interplast, it’s all about function and enabling full engagement in society. Interplast also pride themselves on their intentions to leave a legacy. The aim? To do themselves out of a job. Interplast focus heavily on facilitating medical training and mentoring for in-country medical personnel by supporting and building the capacity of local health services.

Quite simply, their purpose is to provide life-changing surgery today and sustainable health systems tomorrow. Mr Mutimers long involvement with the organisation now sees him sitting on the board of Interplast, assisting an inspiring team of dedicated individuals to see that Interplast continues to provide this life changing service today, tomorrow and for a long time to come.

If you would like to know more about Interplast, just ask the team when you come in or log onto www.interplast.org.au

(Image courtesy of Sarah Rhodes)


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Inaugural Friends Of Interplast Dinner

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The Inaugural Friends of Interplast fundraising dinner was recently held at The Carousel in Albert Park.

The dinner aims to raise much needed funds for Interplast’s work in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives across the Asia Pacific Region.

As President of Interplast, Mr Mutimer spoke at the event and is pictured below alongside recently announced ambassador, and rising AFLW star, Jess Hosking.

The evening was a huge success with funds raised being used to create the 'Friends of Interplast' Program. This will involve sending a surgical team overseas where approximately 30- 50 patients will receive life changing surgery, as well as opportunities for Interplast volunteers to build capacity and provide ongoing training.

To find out more about Interplast or to donate visit: www.interplast.org.au

Latest update on textured breast implants and ALCL

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This information has been summarised from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons recent statement on Breast Implant Associated ALCL.

Understandably, a number of patients with breast implants have been alarmed by the increase of coverage in the news regarding Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) following the announcement that the TGA were reviewing the safety and ongoing availability of textured breast implants in Australia.

Here's a summary of current information and what you need to know:

  • The TGA announced on 11 July 2019 that it had completed its review and laboratory assessment of textured breast implants on the Australian market.
  • The next steps are either a proposal to cancel or a proposal to suspend certain types of textured implants by specific manufacturers. 
  • You can find the full list of implants in question on the TGA’s website.
  • It is important to note that BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. 
  • It is a rare type of lymphoma that develops adjacent to breast implants, usually as a swelling of the breast 3-14 years after insertion.  This swelling is due to fluid building up in the fibrous capsule that surrounds the implant and does not develop in the breast tissue itself.  It can also present as a swelling or lump in the breast or armpit.
  • BIA-ALCL is a rare condition, with 92 patients confirmed in Australia and New Zealand.  Due to its rarity, it's difficult to be sure about the exact level of risk of developing this disease.  The risk of developing ALCL with textured implants differs with different grades of texture from one in 2,800 to one in 80,000.  Comparatively, breast cancer occurs in one in every eight women.
  • In the case of BIA-ALCL, the key to effective treatment is early diagnosis and specialist treatment.
  • In the early stages, BIA-ALCL is slow-growing and curable by surgery alone.
  • The cause is currently unknown but Australian and New Zealand Plastic Surgeons, along with local and international research organisations are working tirelessly to find the cause.
  • BIA-ALCL can occur in both breast reconstruction cases and cosmetic cases, as well as affecting both saline and silicone implants. 
  • At this time, there is no evidence to suggest the benefit of routine removal of breast implants if you do not have symptoms of this condition.

What should you do if you are concerned?

  • If your surgery was performed at Brighton Plastic Surgery, please ring us and we can inform you about what implants you have, and we can guide you through the clinical review process. If your surgery was conducted elsewhere and you are unsure of the type of breast implant used in your surgery, details will be in your original surgeon's medical files, and they will be able to inform you if it is a textured implant.
  • If you are unable to contact your original surgeon, please see your GP who can get you in contact with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon for a full clinical evaluation.  It would be recommended that this occur in any patient with breast implants, who are exhibiting symptoms of this condition.

We recommend that you click here to read the full statement from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Considering Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?

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Ears are usually not the most noticed feature of the face but for people with prominent ears, they can find this upsetting, especially for children or people who wear their hair short.  Ear plastic surgery, also known as Otoplasty is designed to correct protruding ears. It can also be used to make ears more symmetrical or to correct ears that droop to low.

Ear surgery involves a surgeon pinning the patient’s ears back closer to the head, thus making them less prominent.

There are many benefits associated with undergoing surgical otoplasty. These include:

  • Low risk – the procedure is considered very safe with minimal risks involved (see important considerations below)
  • Minimal scarring once healed
  • Enhanced confidence and self esteem
  • Natural looking results

Ear surgery – important considerations

There are several key considerations for those exploring the option of ear surgery (otoplasty).

1) Timing (for young patients) – a person’s ears reach full development by the age of 4-5 therefore ear pinning surgery should not be performed until AFTER this age.

2)  Recovery time – overall recovery from otoplasty surgery is generally quick. There may be some discomfort in the first 1-2 days but this generally settles quickly.

3)  There will be some swelling and bruising post-surgery. Usually the bruising and discolouration is gone within 3 weeks. Swelling will diminish over the course of the first 6 weeks, however some minor swelling may continue for up to 2-3 months.

4)  It is important to note that a patient can only sleep semi-reclined on their back during the initially recovery period (generally for the first 2-3 week/s).

5)  Complications are generally minimal for otoplasty however as with any surgery risks can include bleeding, slow healing time, numbness and thickened scarring behind the ear. 

6)  One of the most problematic complications with ear surgery is if the ear is pulled on or knocked before adequate healing has occurred. If this happens the shape can be altered. Absolute care should be taken to avoid this and if this does occur you should reach out to your surgeon straight away to receive further advice.

Parents with a child who opts to undergo otoplasty will often find the first several weeks challenging, assisting the child to follow all instructions provided to ensure an optimal recovery. This includes keeping their head bandaged, ensuring they don’t scratch the ear area if itchy, minimising physical activity so as to not knock the ears etc. Knowing this in advance allows for pre-planning and makes it all very manageable.

If you are considering ear plastic surgery we recommend booking a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne who will be able to discuss the intended procedure, perform a full suitability assessment, discuss expected outcomes and answer any questions you may have, including when may be the best time to have the procedure. 

For more information or to book a consultation feel free to call us on 03 9592 0522 or submit an enquiry via our website.