You can refer a patient. Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) assists children aged 15 years or younger, by bringing them to Australia or New Zealand for life saving or dignity restoring procedures to improve their quality of life. In special circumstances, older children up to 18 years old may be accepted. Cases are accepted only when the required medical treatment is not available to them in their own country. Priority is given to children in the Region covered by Timor Leste, PNG and the South Pacific Islands.
To refer a potential patient to ROMAC, follow these steps:
- Referrals to ROMAC should be made using the On-line Referral Form available from the ROMAC website at www.romac.org.au. If website access to this Form is not available a hardcopy version can be obtained from the Operations Director at email@example.com.
- Speak to the patient and their parents/guardians and obtain as much information as possible. The more information you have, and more accurate the contact details you can provide, the better it is. Where patients live in a very remote location try to identify a suitable contact in the closest village/town.
- Note that consideration of the Referral cannot be undertaken until full medical diagnostic information is provided. Ideally the Referral Form should be completed by, or in conjunction with, a medical practitioner. The names and contact details of doctors or hospitals that have treated the child must be included. In addition to any specialist medical input, examination by a local paediatrician is highly desirable. The Operations Director can assist by providing details of ROMAC Medical contacts in the various countries that we service.
- Supporting medical reports, including scans and pathology reports, and photos are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Obtain or take close up photos from all appropriate angles, with one facing the camera for identification purposes. These photos will be used by the ROMAC Medical Panel, in conjunction with the medical information provided, and should clearly show the nature of the medical problem.
- Establish from a local doctor whether the child meets our ROMAC criteria, that the child cannot be helped in their own country due to lack of appropriate medical skills or facilities.
- If the country has a Rotary presence, identify the name of the Rotary Club closest to the address of the patient, or any church or religious organisation that would be able to communicate with the patient and help ROMAC to follow up with the inquiry. You may have to get the name and addresses, email contact details and phone numbers of the contacts that would be willing to help us follow the case in that country.
- We cannot assist a child that is presently in Australia or New Zealand or is a citizen of those countries.
- It is important that you make no promises. Only the ROMAC Board can accept a patient for treatment.
- Advise the parents (or guardians) that it may take some time for the acceptance determination. Every effort will be taken to get back to the parents as soon as possible in life threatening situations.
- Parents and guardians should be advised that cases outside the ROMAC Medical Acceptance Guidelines cannot be accepted.
If you have any subsequent queries relating to progress of the application for assistance by ROMAC, please contact the Operations Director.
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