Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition caused by consumption of alcohol whilst pregnant which results in the infant having permanent brain damage. This often happens even before the woman knows she is pregnant. 
The Aboriginal elders in the remote Fitzroy Valley in the Northeast of Western Australia requested support from Dr James Fitzpatrick, a local paediatrician, as they did not want their grandchildren to have the same issues with FASD as their children. Dr James, as he is affectionately known by the children, established PATCHES Paediatrics (PATCHES) and, working collaboratively with the Aboriginal people, set up a pilot study.
Incidence of FASD in the Fitzroy Valley
In the early stages of the study, 19% of infants in the Fitzroy Valley were diagnosed with FASD, utilising the co-ordinated team assessment approach. The PATCHES intervention model was unique because it crossed traditional service boundaries, co-ordinating local community, health, disability, child protection, education, police and justice to achieve results.
50% Reduction of women taking alcohol in pregnancy
This collaborative approach and having Aboriginal people supporting the community has led to the successful decrease of alcohol consumption from 65% to 15% over 8-years for Aboriginal (First Nations People) & non-indigenous pregnant women.
This approach is successfully being utilised in a limited number of other areas in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Perth, however funding is very limited as only children with an intellectual or physical disability as well as FASD, receive funding.
To help more children and their families in another area of WA receive these specialised services, with the support and collaboration of local people, the model needs to be tailored to the local population and supports replicated.
After consultations with Aboriginal people, WACHS, and a number of local agencies, we have chosen to support a community in the Leonora area, 236 Kms from Kalgoorlie.  The local community groups have been consulted and are keen to work with Rotary and PATCHES in ‘Making FASD History” in their community.
Rotary involvement – Moving forward in Leonora/Goldfields to Make FASD History
The Rotary Club of Osborne Park, in collaboration with a number of other WA Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 9455’s Aboriginal Reference Group, have set up a Project Management Committee and hope to pilot the ‘Making Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder History’ project in the remote town of Leonora, where many professional people have reported that there is a high incidence of children who appear to have FASD. Rotary’s plan is to work with PATCHES and the local people to prevent, diagnose and support up to 160 children with FASD and their families.
Community participation, including the employment of a local Aboriginal support worker, is a key part of the plan. If successful in this community, then, with local involvement, similar supports could be expanded to other Goldfields communities with local involvement.
The members of the Project Management Committee are:
                      Louise Hancock (Chair & Past President Rotary Club of Osborne Park)
Brian Hancock (Treasurer and Past President Rotary Club of Osborne Park) –
Bruce Dufty (Chair of D9455 Aboriginal Reference Group, Rotary Club of Western Endeavour)
Dawn Brodie (Rotary Club of Osborne Park & Member of D9455 Aboriginal Reference Group)
Bob de Bijl (Rotary Club of Mandurah)
Darren Wallace (Representing the Rotary Clubs of Kalgoorlie & Boulder, Rotary Club of Boulder)
Fiona McFarlane (Rotary Club of Kalamunda)
A number of Rotary Clubs in Western Australia are raising funds to extend this support in WA. providing a service customised for the Goldfields, focusing on the remote town of Leonora.
The Rotary ‘Making FASD History’ project is planned to operate for 2 years at a cost of $502,000 in the Leonora/Goldfields area. No Government funding is available for this initiative, although we have been able to tap into Medicare (Australian Government Health Insurance) to meet Dr Fitzpatrick’s salary costs (his salary costs are separate to the Project Budget). Rotary and Dr Fitzpatrick have developed a plan to ensure ongoing funding of the project after two years, should it be demonstrated to be a success by independent researchers.
The project was launched in June 2017 and Rotary has already successfully raised 40% of the budget (January 2018). Negotiations are currently happening with a view to Rotary International contributing a further 48% to the budget in the form of an International Global Grant – leaving the Rotary Club of Osborne Park’s Project Management Committee with the task of implementing strategies to raise the remaining 12% from other corporate and community sources.
Opportunity to speak
If you would like a guest speaker or would like to discuss the Rotary “Making FASD History” project further, please contact:
Bruce Dufty – Chairperson of the Rotary Aboriginal Reference Group (0421 735 372) or
Dawn Brodie – Member of the Rotary Aboriginal Reference Group (0432 988 632)
Donate now
The Making FASD History planning committee are hoping to be able to commence this project by July 2018 – however we need your help.   Help us achieve our fundraising target and Making FASD History by placing a Tax deductible donation now. 
Louise Hancock
Chairperson: Rotary ‘Making FASD History’ project team
Past President Rotary Club of Osborne Park
Ph +61 423 169 226
Bruce Dufty
Member of the Rotary ‘Making FASD History’ project team, and
Chairperson of Rotary District 9455’s Aboriginal Reference Group
Ph +61 421 735 372
Dawn Brodie
Member of the Rotary ‘Making FASD History’ project team.
Committee member of Rotary District 9455’s Aboriginal Reference Group
Ph: 0432 988 632
Committee member of Rotary District 9455’s Aboriginal Reference Group
Ph: 0432 988 632
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - Participating Organisations and Sponsors:
- Rotary Club of Osborne Park (primary support Club)
- Rotary Club of Boulder
- Rotary Club of Kalamunda
- Rotary Club of Western Endeavour
- Rotary Club of Mandurah
- Rotary District 9455’s Aboriginal Reference Group
- Rotary District 9455
- Albany Children’s Orchid Foundation
- Stan Perron Foundation
- Rotary International Global Grant
- Other Private Citizens
More information
ABC            http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-14/family-finally-gets-answers-from-fasd-diagnosis/9326922
Making FASD History David Motta 2018-01-30 16:00:00Z 0
The 66 beds and mattresses that we sent from Brisbane have arrived in Cambodia and been put to good use in  new wards at the Khmer Friendship Hospital, which was built by the Chinese government.   This container was financed by $5000 sent from the Cambodian Health Department so cost Rotary nothing.  
More Hospital Beds! David Motta 2017-12-29 16:00:00Z 0
Dave Reed, the Director of Community Engagement at Hale School has proposed that Hale School enter into a partnering with the Rotary Club of Osborne Park to encourage their students to participate in our charitable projects.  The Club has welcomed the offer and will work with Dave to progress this.  This could be a win/win arrangement, with the school gaining an opportunity for the students to participate in a meaningful way in projects that will be of invaluable assistance to those in need, and the Club gaining needed manpower to collect and packing the hospital equipment that is donated to us for shipment to Cambodia. 
At our final meeting of the year, two Hale School students, Arun and Matt presented to our members their plans for the Skydive for Five fund raising event which they will be holding on 5 May 2018.  The presentation was very professional and Dave Reed provided further information on the marketing program envisaged which will utilise the considerable reach of Hale School old boy’s network. 
During the course of the meeting, Dave advised us that he had organised a number of student to assist us with the collection of hospital equipment for our Cambodia Project.  On Wednesday 19 December, Hale School students Jordan Alabakis, Hudson Delves, Robert Molkenthin, Harry Clape, Jake Thompson, Andrew Parker (Year 11), Egan Brooks (year 11) together with Mike Bando and Pip Asphar, collected 40 beds from St John of God Hospital in Subiaco.  These will be packed into container number 29 for shipment to Cambodia early in the New Year.  The help provided was greatly appreciated, we could not have collected the 40 beds in one day without their contribution.
The proposed association also offers us the opportunities to have Hale students participate in one of the excellent youth development programs available through the Rotary organisation, which other schools have been slow to take up.  These include leadership training through the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment programs, science inspiration through the National Youth Science Forum and The Science Experience and political knowledge through the Adventures in Citizenship programs.
We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Hale School.
Hale School embraces Rotary David Motta 2017-12-22 16:00:00Z 0
Please remember to bring in your stamps, ring pulls and spectacles and give them to Terry for recycling.  Please ensure that stamps  have at least a 5 mm edge of paper around them or provide the full envelope.  The stamps and ring pulls are sold to raise money for various charities and the spectacles sent to third world countries and provided to people that would otherwise not be able to afford them.
stamps-etc David Motta 2017-09-02 16:00:00Z 0
On Saturday 19 August we packed our 26th container of good that will be shipped to Cambodia.  
Included in this shipment are 40 beds and 5 sets of operating theatre lights.  The replacement value of these items is around $250,000.  Thanks to the tremendous support of HFM Asset Management, Westpac Bank and Tim Ward from Central Park, we were able to stack the beds vertically and fit more into the container.   A great success story thanks to the support of St John of God Hospital in Subiaco and all our volunteer helpers.
Cambodia Container # 26 David Motta 2017-08-19 16:00:00Z 0

Rotary is linking with Dr James Fitzpatrick, Paediatrician and Director of Patches Paediatrics to expand Making Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) History in WA.  James was recently made WA Professional of the Year in the WA Day awards.

At the launch of the Rotary 'Making FASD History', James presented on this 100% preventable, life shattering condition that affects 20% of children in the Fitzroy Valley and over 30% of youth in Banksia Hill Prison.

The Rotary Aboriginal Reference Group and Rotary Club of Osborne Park are working with Rotary in Kalgoorlie to raise the funding necessary to help prevent, diagnose and treat children with FASD in Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields.

Can you help us? Tax deductible donations can be made by clicking here: Donate Now

Make FASD History Launch Louise Hancock 2017-06-17 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Motta
The fifth Rotary Team Challenge on 6 May was another successful event.  Although the numbers were down, the event succeeded in raising over $28,000 for MSWA.  Over the five years that this event has been run, the Club has raised approximately $200,000 for MSWA.  

The Rapid Relief Team again provided great support with free food at the Swan View finish line.
St Johns Ambulance crew also assisted us again with first aid, although thankfully they were not needed.
Rotary Team Challenge 2017 David Motta 2017-05-26 16:00:00Z 0
Osborne Park Rotary has sent its 25th 40 ft Container to Cambodia filled with hospital beds, bedside tables, Ultra Sound Machines and other hospital equipment & medical supplies. Also included are Wheels Chairs for Kids from WA which are highly sought after.  They are destined to the public hospitals in Cambodia and selected NGO’s, who struggle to provide basic health care to many Cambodians.
Our Club also financially assist volunteering nurses & medical technicians travel to Cambodia to train Cambodians in utilising and repairing medical equipment and also implement basic hospital infection control programs. The latter has resulted in lowering post-operative infections substantially.
25th Container Shipment Pip Asphar 2017-05-26 16:00:00Z 0
Our Club sponsored two students, Kye Wheldon and Dylan Garac, to attend this years Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp which was held in Bickley in January.  We received the report attached on the camp, which was a success as usual.  Kye and Dillan have commitments on Tuesday morning which have prevented them coming to one of our meetings, but they are keen to do so and we are working with them to sort out a suitable time.
RYLA 2017 Chris Samios 2017-04-15 16:00:00Z 0
We included in our last shipment to Cambodia ten wheelchairs donated by Wheelchairs for Kids.  These are special wheelchairs custom built for children with disabilities.  One of the wheelchairs was sent on from Phnom Penh via Safe Haven Outreach, Siem Reip, to to her village.  The following email and photos were received from her support staff.
Greetings from Siem Reap, 
I thought you might enjoy these photos of another happy WFK/SH customer! 
Thank you to everyone for providing us the opportunity to help this child and her family. It was a well-spent afternoon.
Jessica Whitney
Nurse & Country Director
Safe Haven Medical Outreach
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Wheelchair for Kids in Kampong Thom David Motta 2017-04-07 16:00:00Z 0
The latest container of hospital equipment has arrived safely in Cambodia.  We received the following note of thanks from them.
"Dear Philip and David,
I received hospital supplies this morning. All these materials will be put to good use in our hospital as our new ward and OR are starting to receive patients. All these materials are very fit to our needs. On behalf of Preah Kossamak hospital staffs,  Director Dr Tan Sokun and I, would like to deeply thank you for your support. 
Best Regards,
Duong Bunn"
Pip attended a Donations in Kind get together in Melbourne chaired by Greg Hudson, an independent business consultant, and briefed the group on our Cambodia Project.  They were very impressed with the work we are doing and Greg made the following comments.  
"Your business model in the west is fundamentally different to everywhere else…it’s a truly lean model reliant on a strong network of interconnected businesses.  Very ’new age’ because it keeps all the resources and speciality skills with this, who are best at it and not draw them into the business."
We can all be justly proud of the great work the Club is doing.
Cambodia Hospital Update March 2017 David Motta 2017-04-01 16:00:00Z 0
Wheelchairs For Kids are a group of retiree volunteers in Australia who use your donations to make and distribute up to 300 wheelchairs per month for poor disabled children in developing countries. Millions of wheelchairs are needed, but every one makes a difference. Every $200 raised gives a child the freedom of mobility and liberates a carer. The project is run by  the Rotary Club of Scarborough WA, and supported by a number of organisations.  Our club has assisted by transporting 10 wheelchairs to Cambodia in one of our containers.
Wheelchairs for Kids David Motta 2017-03-11 16:00:00Z 0
Established in 2013 and located on the WA wheatbelt, approximately 283 km south east of Perth, Camp Kulin is quickly gaining national and international recognition for its innovative program.
The Camp Kulin program list includes activities for children living in the wheatbelt; general camps are open to any child in WA while scholarship camps are for children affected by childhood trauma.  While at camp, campers and camp counsellors learn essential life skills, such as leadership, respect, trust, self-confidence, perseverance, persistence, respect, anger management and communication skills.
Camp Kulin David Motta 2017-03-11 16:00:00Z 0
Due to the contributions from 20 Rotary Clubs within the 9455 district in the last Rotary Year D9455 were able to fund an Interplast program to Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines, which was undertaken in September 2016. 
Interplast’s programs to the Philippines are focused on surgical service delivery. With the majority of the patients seeing the Interplast team for repair of their cleft lip and palates and burn contracture releases. This year, the team was led by Interplast Philippines Country Coordinator and surgeon, Kevin Ho. The team included another surgeon, 3 anaesthetists, 2 nurses, an Interplast programs staff member and a medical observer. The team consulted 53 people and operated on 40 patients with 57 procedures performed. Important training was also undertaken.
Rockson, a young boy from a remote part of Solomon Islands, had his first operation which repaired a severe cleft lip and reconstructed his nose with a bone graft from his ribs. On a follow up trip Interplast Surgeons performed the next stage of surgery to repair Rockson’s cleft palate.
The program was a great success. Our district 9455 has set a target of raising sufficient funds with support of clubs within the district for one medical team to Asia/Pacific each Rotary year. D9455 clubs have been able to fund a programme in each of the last four Rotary Years. 
Interplast - update David Motta 2017-03-11 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lou Marchesani
Cancer of the bowel is the most common internal cancer to affect men and women in western society. Over 9,000 Australians will be diagnosed as having bowel cancer this year and over 4,500 will die of the disease.
Bowelscan is an initiative of Rotary to reduce the number of lives lost to bowel cancer.  Bowelscan is a Community awareness program developed in 1982 in New South Wales and now supported by over 300 Rotary Clubs across Australia.
Bowelscan - Saving lives in our local community Lou Marchesani 2017-01-07 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Hancock

Rotary Team Challenge Fund Raising Event in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA.  The Rotary Team Challenge event has been the major fund raising event for our Rotary Club over the last 4 years.  The event is run in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA (MSWA) with Rotary organising and running the event, the operating costs being shared equally and all donations received going 100% to MSWA.  The event involves teams of 2 to 4 people either cycling, running or walking along the beautiful, leafy Kep Track and the Railway Heritage Trail between Northam and Swan View in early May each year.  Teams can choose to cycle 75km from Northam, cycle, run or walk 50km from Bakers Hill or run or walk a half marathon from Chidlow to Swan View.  
Rotary Team Challenge Brian Hancock 2016-12-31 16:00:00Z 0
Since 1985, Rotary and its partners have reduced the number of cases by 99.9 percent worldwide from 350,000 annually to 70 cases in 2016, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated.  When the disease is eliminated, it will be only the second infectious disease to achieve this distinction, the first one being small pox.  Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects young children, under the age of 5. Most know it as poliovirus or just Polio. The virus is spread person-to-person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners used to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
End Polio Now David Motta 2016-12-30 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Dixon
Interplast is a charitable organisation that sends teams of highly qualified plastic and reconstructive surgical volunteers to developing countries in the Asia Pacific region to deliver programs of treatment and training.  The main type of surgery undertaken are cleft lip and palate repairs, removal of tumours and the releasing of burn scar contractures. Interplast currently does approximately 1,000 life changing surgeries a year, the majority being on Children. A 2 hour operation can change a child’s life from being ostracised by their community, to growing up normally and healthy; they can go to school; they can have friends; they can contribute to their family’s income and they become independent. 
Interplast - Repairing Bodies and Changing Lives Steve Dixon 2016-12-21 16:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pip Asphar
The Rotary Club of Osborme Park’s principal charitable project involves the recycling of used hospital equipment to Cambodia, where the public hospitals have very little and patients often do not even have beds provided for them.  Our club has shipped 22 x 40 foot containers of used hospital equipment & medical supplies having a replacement value of over $12 million to Cambodia over the past seven years.  The two C Arms recently sent have a replacement value of $300,000 each & the 16 Defibrillators new would have cost close to a $1 million.
Rebuilding Cambodia's Hospitals Pip Asphar 2016-12-09 16:00:00Z 0