Dr Timothy Cooper performs volunteer surgical missions with Interplast Australia, and The John Fawcett Foundation in Bali. These organizations are funded by federal government grants, Rotary clubs and private donations.
Interplast sends surgical teams to various countries in the Asia Pacific region. These teams comprise a nurse and anaesthetist, and two plastic surgeons. The missions last for two weeks. During this time patients with deformities are assessed and operated on by the team. The deformities include birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, as well as acquired defects such as burn injuries.
The John Fawcett Foundation has been established for many years in Bali, Indonesia. The Foundation’s charter is more diverse, and includes public health measures such as clean drinking water, TB eradication programs, ophthalmology programs and plastic surgery programs.
These missions are designed to help educate local health care professionals as well as helping individual patients. Their financial well being relies heavily on private donations which are tax deductible. Donations can be arranged through our office.
Dr Timothy Cooper has been visiting Bali, under the auspicious of the John Fawcett Foundation on a bi-annual basis for the last 15 years. He has established a cleft lip and palate program with the emphasis on teaching the local surgeons and nurses in the management of these complex deformities.