President George de Souza announced the two successful candidates for the 2023 cancer nursing scholarships recently awarded.
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP) Scholarships for the 2024 academic year were gratefully accepted by registered nurses Eva Gauci (left) of Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre in Shepparton and Karla Mc Broom (right) of The Border Cancer Hospital in Albury-Wodonga.
The Camberwell Rotary Club’s long running ROMP is conducted in collaboration with Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charitable organisation in Australia and with the support of many regional Rotary Clubs.
Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. About twenty thousand people in Australia are living with myeloma and there are approximately two thousand new cases per year in Australia. ROMP celebrates the critical roles of registered nurses employed in regional cancer treatment centres and offers fully funded scholarships in cancer nursing. By upskilling committed nurses, a real difference is made in the treatment and outcomes for myeloma patients and all other cancer patients. Successful candidates complete a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing conducted by Melbourne University.
ROMP reaches out to regional Rotary Clubs, their communities and cancer treatment centres to build awareness of myeloma, to encourage support for the work of Myeloma Australia and to improve treatment for myeloma - and all cancers- in regional Victoria. President George de Souza, of the Rotary Club of Camberwell proudly observed that ‘Rotarians are tackling cancer in regional Victoria one nurse at a time. We are making a difference. We know that people living in regional and remote Victoria cannot readily access the treatment services and outcomes that are more accessible in Melbourne.’