What to do with an autoclave?

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Gus Dominguez from the Rotary Club of Berwick and the donated autoclave to be installed in the National Oral Health Centre  Honiara, Solomon Islands

Generations Dental owned by David Chua and Brian Tyedin  (members of the Rotary Club of Templestowe recently updated their instrument sterilizer (autoclave) with a more efficient, computer connected and vacuum enhanced model.

“What to do with the old one?” asked David, “it is still in working condition, could be sold on the ‘used’ market or kept as a spare”.  Brian suggested to David that an email to the Club’s International and Foundation Director, Stephen Fisher maybe able to connect the Autoclave to be a new home in Australia or overseas.

An exchange of emails with the District RAWCS Chair (Rotary Australia World Community Service) Gloria Hargreaves, a world of opportunities for a used autoclave was discovered.  Dr David Goldsmith, Fellow of the International College of Dentists and member of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West is leading a team to establish a National Oral Health Centre next to the National Referral Hospital in central Honiara, Solomon Islands.

With a healthy smile and appreciation, it was determined the Autoclave could fill a small cavity in the extensive list of equipment that is required for the National Oral Health Centre.  The Autoclave and other dental equipment that has been donated by hospitals and medical clinics from around Australia will be shipped to Honiara in May 2019.  It is expected the facility fit-out will occur in the second part of 2019 and the project completed by the end of 2019.

Dental staff currently being trained at Fiji’s National University will enjoy the new facilities from 2020 onward thanks to the Rotary Foundation Global Project, thoughtful and dedicated Rotarians – Dr David Goldsmith (Rotary Club of Ballarat West – Project Leader), Gus Dominguez (Rotary Club of Berwick – Project Manager) and the generosity of hospitals and medical clinics around Australia – including Generations Dental a corporate member of the Rotary Club of Templestowe.