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May 31, 2016
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Disbursement of Funds
  • Prosthetics Laboratory for Vanuatu
  • Australian Catholic University Bursaries
  • Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum
  • Ballarat Mechanics Institute Kitchen
  • 3BA Christmas in July appeal
  • Ballarat Secondary College breakfast club
  • Les Pecheurs micro enterprise project - Madagascar
  • Aussie Action Abroad - Nepal
  • Interplast
 

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Ballarat West

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Ballarat Yacht Club and Cafe
17 Wendouree Parade,
Ballarat, Victoria  3350
Australia
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A Senior Tongan dentist (Dr Susistina Piukala) has spent a month on a dental education attachment with the Rotary Club of Ballarat West. This visit was sponsored and facilitate by the Rotary Clubs of Ballarat West & Nuku’alofa: it is part of a twinning program set up between the Dental Department of the Vaiola Hospital, Tonga, and Dr David Goldsmith, a member of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West D9780.  (RAWCS Tonga Dental project 144/2005-6: November 8th to December 4th 2015)
 
We were able to put together an interesting blend of professional clinical work, discussions with experts in a wide variety of dental subjects whilst combining this with an enjoyable social program. Dr Piukala is a Senior Dental Officer in the Kingdom of Tonga.
 
As Dr Piukala (Susi) did not have registration with the Australian Dental Board she was not permitted to carry out clinical treatment on patients in Australia. However she was able to closely assist in many clinical operations, observe a wide range of dental procedures and do hands on technical dental prosthetic work.
 
The exchange allowed Susi to make many important contacts offering opportunities for sustainable dental projects in the future. As Susi’s surgeon husband, Saia Piukala, is the Tongan Minister of Health and a Member of Parliament, this might well be a very significant exchange.
 
 
The Fiji University RAWCS Dental Caravan donated by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West has received a new set of murals courtesy of Colgate Fiji.
 
The caravan donated in 2013 is used by the University to provide free dental treatment in rural areas of Fiji and to train students in their Bachelor of Oral Health degree.
 
 
The Ballarat Base Hospital has moved its dental department from the Ballarat Base Hospital to a completely new 20 
chair facility in Sebastopol.
 
None of the old equipment went into the new facility
         
DHSV and BHS generously offered all of the fittings and most of the dental equipment to Ballarat West Rotary club 
to reuse. Expressions of interest for various items of this equipment have been received from dental departments in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and 
Vanuatu for this equipment.  The total value of all this equipment, fixtures and fittings would be in excess of $250,000.
 
 
Ballarat Health Services has very generously donated a retired hospital suction system (via the Rotary Club of Ballarat West) to the Port Vila Hospital.  The system was surplus to the hospital needs as it has expanded its size recently, with the suction system (installed in 2004) needing to be replaced with a larger system
 
The club has been working DIK (Geelong) and with members of the Vanuatu Health Resource Mechanism, an Australian Government program to supervise aid Australia directs towards Vanuatu
 
 
Visiting Indonesian anaesthetic registrars Regina Agustiantina and Retti Kartika want to take new pain management methods from Ballarat back to their huge East Java hospital. Here they are seen visiting the Royal Children's Hospital, with paediatric anaesthesia specialists Assoc Prof Philip Ragg and Dr Balvindar Kaur. See the attached article printed in the Ballarat courier Saturday the 10th of October, and prepared by journalist Melanie Whelan
 
 
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West has just notched up a major mile stone with its Murray to Moyne Bike Ride team. It has now raised over $100,000 over thirteen years,  a tribute to its main driver, Rtn. Wayne Cooper. The club at its recent change over dinner recognized Wayne's role in this and in other endeavours such as his ongoing contribution  to the Sonora Exchange and to fundraising by awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship in his name. To see the report of this year's ride ...
 
 
On 17th February 2015 Dr. Margaret Carswell of ACU and Teaching Students; Jessica Arceri, Haylee Fithall, Laura Maconachie and Jessica Thewlis were welcomed to The Rotary Club of Ballarat West meeting.
 
The four students were each recipients of a Bursary granted by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West to assist with accommodation and other expenses incurred during  pre-service placements in rural schools.
 
Each student presented a written report on and spoke to the club about her individual experience and the contribution the bursary to this.
 
 
 

Interplast is delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded full accreditation as part of the Australian Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Cooperation Program, referred to as the ANCP. Through the program, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) partners with Australian development NGOs who implement their own development and poverty alleviation programs overseas.

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West, in conjunction with RAWCS and a number of other Rotary Clubs in District 9780 has continued to develop dental initiatives for our neighbouring Pacific Island neighbours
This year three major dental initiatives have been concluded, driven and executed by member dentist Dr David Goldsmith PHF. The Tongan program was begun in 1996, and has been followed up with annual supporting visits since.
 
A major dental audit of 7 year old children, over15 years has been completed to confirm major progress in management of dental disease in Tonga.
 
Two dental vans (in addition to the van used in the audit in Tonga) have been delivered to Vanuatu and to Fiji this year. Both vans have been fully refurbished, and were packed to the hilt with other dental equipment for the respective communities.
 
 
 
 

A dental team sponsored by the Rotary club of Ballarat West visited Tonga to finalise a study into Tooth Decay in Tongan schoolchildren which began in 1998.  Seven primary schools on Tongatapu involving children aged 6 and 12 years old were targeted covering geographically and socio-economically separate areas of the main island of Tongatapu. A total of 708 children were examined and the same schools were used as in previous studies for consistency.  
 
This study is to World Health Organisation (WHO) Oral Health Survey criteria (Ball-ended probes etc.) so the results are directly comparable with similar surveys throughout the world. The W.H.O. reports that there is a current shortage of recent accurate data on caries trends in the Pacific Islands and most other developing countries and is encouraging more studies to be done, so the timing is ideal , and is exceptional in maintaining the same examining team over such a long period of time.
 
It is of further importance because at the beginning of the study there was no preventative dentistry being conducted in these schools and by the end of the study tooth brushing and fluoride mouth rinses were being universally implemented in Tonga
 
RAWCS project number144/2005 – August 24th.  to September 6th. 2013
 
 
 

The Rotary club of Ballarat West has joined with the Rotary club of Suva Peninsula Sunset to donate a fully equipped mobile dental caravan to the Fiji National University Department of Oral Health. This Faculty trains the majority of dental professionals working in the Pacific Islands including Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Prosthetists as well as dentists.                        

preparing van for Fiji at DIK Geelong

 
 
 
 

 
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And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this

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    May 2, 1986
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    May 21, 2002
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    May 25, 1993
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