Ramsay Health Care has partnered with Rotary to establish an efficient and effective program of distributing medical equipment and goods to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas.
The agreement came out of Ramsay’s and Rotary’s joint desire to establish a mechanism for the responsible and ethical donation and reuse of hospital and medical equipment and supplies which are no longer required by Ramsay facilities.
Ramsay Health Care also provides $10,000 per year in financial contributions towards the costs of delivery.
In its first year (2012/13), several shipments of hospital beds, cribs, anaesthetic machines and consumables were made to local and overseas destinations.
During 2017/18, Berrima District Rotary’s Medical Aid for Oceania and Worldwide (MAFO) project continued its core business of shipping suitable items to developing countries. 25 consignments were shipped to destinations including PNG, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In 2017/18, Ramsay Health Care donated supplies including some 500 beds, an ENT microscope, operating theatre table and equipment, birthing kits, wheelchairs and medical consumables.
Donating facilities included Southern Highlands Private Hospital, Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital, Wollongong Private Hospital, Mount Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital, Westmead Private Hospital, Hunters Hill Private Hospital, Glenferrie Private Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, and Glengarry Private Hospital.
Ramsay/Rotary Medical Equipment Donation Programme brochure