Posted by Peter Allen OAM on Dec 12, 2022
'One Rotary Club at a time... one nurse at a time
Imagine it! Could one Rotary Club in suburban Melbourne make a meaningful difference in treatment and outcomes for cancer patients in regional Victoria and beyond?  That question has been positively answered recently by  'ROMP' - the Rotary Club of Camberwell’s Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program. 

Cancer nursing scholarships for 2023 offered by Melbourne University and funded by Rotary Clubs have recently been awarded to two senior nurses employed by regional cancer centres in Shepparton and Warrnambool. As a new Rotary year approaches, a ROMP vision for several more scholarships seems very achievable. 
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program, is an ongoing award winning multi-club, multi-district Rotary Club initiative driven by the belief that - 
'People living with cancer in regional and remote Victoria need and deserve the same treatment and outcomes that are provided in Melbourne'. 
ROMP began in 2019 as a special program to mark the 2021 Centenary of Rotary in Australia. Camberwell Rotary joined with *Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charity in Australia, to build awareness of myeloma and Rotary Club support for myeloma patients and their families living in regional and remote Victorian communities. 

Today ROMP is supported by up to twenty regional Rotary clubs across five Rotary districts and a growing list of cancer treatment centres. ROMP forums are held on-line regularly. Guests and new Rotary club representatives are always welcome. 
*Myeloma, also called Multiple Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects the inside of the bone marrow. It attacks the immune system causing fatigue and can lead to frequent infections.  Only half of all people diagnosed with myeloma survive beyond five years. There is no cure for myeloma. 

For more information please contact ROMP Secretary Peter Allen, Rotary Club of Camberwell Email: 

Scholarship Awardee Warrnambool District: 

Senior Nurse Sophie Gunning, a resident of Port Fairy is employed as the Cancer Support Nurse at South West Health Care in Warrnambool. 

Scholarship Awardee Shepparton District:  
Senior Nurse Felicity Hamley-Harrison of Mooroopna is  a long-term employee at the Peter Copulos Cancer and  
Wellness Centre at Goulburn Valley Health  in Shepparton.