ROMAC History

Rosie and Dulcia a recent scoliosis patient
Rosie, ROMAC’s 5th patient in 1991 now our Ambassador with Dulcia a recent scoliosis patient

ROMAC was commenced out of the actions of a single Rotarian, Barrie Cooper OAM in March 1988, when as a member of the Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat in Victoria, visited Lambasa in Fiji with a group of Australian surgeons.

They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places and quickly identified that lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills for children of the island nations, 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 by the Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat for major, often life saving surgery.

Soon 20 Rotary clubs were caught up in the success of each case and assisted in various ways.

ROMAC quickly went about harnessing assistance from medical experts, hospitals, nurses, physiotherapists, pathology and radiology services, airlines, sponsors and other supporters. ROMAC was making a difference, ROMAC was Giving Life to children who had no hope!

Today ROMAC is Giving Life to around 50 children every year – we are making a huge difference in the lives of these small Island Countries.

Mission Statement

To provide specialist treatment for children, from developing countries, in the form of life saving 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 program