Many Rotary Clubs - together - facilitating and sustaining myeloma support groups and services for people living with myeloma in regional Victoria.
An R100 program led by the Rotary Club of Camberwell.
“ROMP” – The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program
Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia – a certified R100 project
Initiated and sustained by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, the Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (“ROMP”) is a formal collaboration between the Rotary Club of Camberwell and Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charitable organisation in Australia.
 
The ROMP purpose
Through collaboration with our fellow Rotary Clubs we will deliver quality support for people living with myeloma in regional Victoria. We will achieve this by providing a number of Rotary-led support services to each regional myeloma community.
A major focus of the ROMP initiative is the creation and on-going support of locally based myeloma support groups each led by a professionally qualified Myeloma Australia nurse.
The ROMP vision is for a near future in which no patient, their carers or family members will live more than one hour from a myeloma support group or local support services.
 
Myeloma and the Regional Myeloma Community
Myeloma, also called Multiple Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects the inside of the bone marrow. The cancerous myeloma cells multiply inside the bone marrow, crowding out the healthy red blood cells. Myeloma causes damage to bones and attacks the immune system causing fatigue and can lead to frequent infections. There is no cure for myeloma.
It is estimated that that there are more than one thousand people in regional Victoria who are living with myeloma. The disease deeply touches the lives of many others around them to build a “myeloma community” of patients, medical professionals, carers, family and friends that number more than five thousand.
 
A low cost, hands on, high result Rotary program for Victorian regions

Rotary clubs are influential and well connected in their areas. The ROMP initiative is compelling and easily communicated to community leaders. There is little or no cost and the local benefits are significant. A particular bonus is the Rotary fellowship between many engaged clubs and the significant promotion of the Rotary brand and the ideal of service above self.
Generally, the local Rotary Club will provide the “hands on” work to facilitate the program and deliver the service outcomes. Promotional guidance and promotional materials will be provided by the ROMP Committee.
The ROMP program is locally based and discrete to every local region. The Rotary role is to identify myeloma patients in their communities and to bring the opportunity for their support through locally based support groups to their attention. A major source of support will be the local cancer treatment facility. Where a myeloma support group exists the program will seek to expand their membership. Where there is no support group, one will be created.

For more information and contact details please visit the ROMP web site at -