Donation is Kind (DIK) agreed to provide, at short notice, “medical” equipment for treating wildlife injured in the horrendous bushfires in Victoria. The State Government had announced that many veterinarians were available from the Department of Agriculture to do this work. DIK was overstocked with suitable equipment, donated from hospitals as past its “best before” date but brand new and intended for shipment to third world countries. It was re-packaged on the day, mostly by members of the new Rotary Club of Melbourne passport Club in packs specified by a Rotarian veterinarian with good connections to the Department of Agriculture. The result was two truckloads of such equipment, shipped from DIK on Thursday to the Department of Agriculture, to be distributed to its veterinarians around Victoria.
- Pearly Whites Bring a Smile to the Elderly
Thu 8th Apr
North Richmond Community Health Centre's Pearly Whites is a free aged care dental outreach program that has been operating for over seven years. They provide oral health check-ups and information to aged care facilities within the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local catchment. In 2018, five hundred aged care facility residents were seen with over 25% requiring treatment and 40% needing professional teeth cleaning. Unfortunately, statistics show that very few vulnerable residents attend either a private or a community dentist, so Balwyn Rotary stepped in to assist with a solution. Through significant club funding, a comprehensive range of dental equipment has been purchased so that portable equipment can be set up within aged care facilities to provide dental treatment on-site. The treatment is aimed at providing comfort and function, rather than ‘extravagant’ outcomes. It is an essential service to minimise avoidable health issues, such as aspirational pneumonia, by removing the infection associated with the bacteria clinging to the calculus build-up on teeth. There is also an emphasis on prevention of dental disease by specifically trained North Richmond staff educating the facility staff in necessary oral hygiene procedures. In reality, many residents do not even clean their teeth for weeks at a time. Associate Professor Rachel Martin, who is now Head of the Department of Oral Health & Dentistry at Latrobe University Dental School in Bendigo, designed the Pearly Whites program. She is now setting up a partnership between the Dental School and North Richmond to involve senior students so that they gain supervised practical experience. Balwyn Rotary has had fruitful discussions about this program with the Minister for Ageing, Luke Donnellan. He has remarked that this is a wonderful Rotary project that provides an essential service, not only to elderly Melburnians, but could be scaled up across Victoria and subsequently Australia-wide. Additionally, students in regional Victoria will be exposed to practical dental skills, as well as culturally and socially diverse communities to promote equity, health & wellbeing. Balwyn Rotary members Drs Jim Cary and Brian McGuinness both volunteer dental services at North Richmond Community Health Centre. If any club would like to know how to become involved in this project that can be extended to other aged care facilities, please contact Dr Brian McGuinness at email@example.com.
- Camberwell Sunday Market Now OPEN
Tue 3rd Nov
The safe resumption of the iconic Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has now happened. A COVID-SAFE plan is in place to make sure patrons, volunteers and stallholders are safe.
- Thanks from Navakawau Primary Kids
Sun 9th Feb
Kids from Navakawau Primary send a big vinaka (thank you) to members of Rotary Club of Balwyn. Remote Island schools either don’t have any electricity at all or they have a decent generator that runs for a couple hours during the day and a couple of hours during the evening for the teachers. Balwyn Rotary funded a solar system that gives the school 24-hour power and that means these kids can step into a modern education. The money that is saved on diesel creates decades of cash flow to buy the computers and the other electronic resources for the school and will also save heaps and heaps of carbon dioxide. The school has 165 students, 9 teachers, 8 teachers’ quarters. The school sustained significant cyclone damage and much of the school has been rebuilt repaired with very strong replacements – completed mid 2019. It's Time Foundation