Interplast is an organisation that was formed in the USA in 1969, and that launched in Australia in 1983. Mr Mutimer has been involved with the organisation for over 20 years and is the Immediate Past President of Interplast Australia & NZ. He has travelled to Vietnam, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, China , Sri Lanka and Bhutan 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? The team at BPS are well versed in this inspirational organisation but to use Interplast’s own words “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. .
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)