In a nutshell, we’re a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the quality of life for people with disability who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures. We 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 us, it’s all about function and enabling full engagement in society. We also pride ourselves on our intentions to leave a legacy. The aim? To do ourselves out of a job. We 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, our purpose is to provide life-changing surgery today and sustainable health systems tomorrow.
Interplast changes lives. We give our time. We combat disability. We implement change. We give opportunity. We build capacity. We support families. We support communities. We strengthen. We succeed. We transform. We empower. And, we believe we’re Australia and New Zealand’s best kept secret.