Dr John Arvier, OAM, will address the Rotary International district.
Dr John Arvier, OAM, will address the Rotary International district.

Leading surgeon forum key speaker

WITH a surgical career spanning decades, Dr John Arvier could be excused for having a little, or even a lot, of ego.

But the Brisbane-based oral and maxillofacial surgeon is just the opposite.

Presenting at this weekend’s Rotary International district conference, Dr Arvier will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at his life-changing work with the Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) program.

ROMAC is aimed at helping seriously ill or disfigured children from poorer countries such as New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh. The children’s conditions are beyond the abilities of the health care facilities in their own countries, so ROMAC brings them to Australia for specialist care and treatment.

Dr Arvier has been principal surgeon for nine ROMAC cases at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital, offering his specialist services at no cost.

He said his presentation would give a ‘different perspective’ on what the work involved.

However he will not be asking for praise for what he does. “It involves so many people – it’s embarrassing to be seen as the only person involved,” Dr Arvier said.

“Hundreds of people put in time for those complex cases. It’s humbling to see the amount of time people put in.”

Despite receiving an OAM in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services, Dr Arvier said he regarded himself as ‘no different from anyone else’.

Dr Arvier will make his presentation at 10.45am Saturday. Entry to the conference at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club is free.

To attend, phone Denis Green on 0418 204 046.



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