In recognition of those of our supporters who have provided exceptional service to Interplast over the longer term, in 2016 Interplast established the award of Honoured Member. This recognition is designed to promote the accomplishments of distinguished supporters to the wider Interplast community and to formalise an ongoing relationship with these valued individuals.

Nominations are invited each year to help recognise exceptional Interplast individuals for their years of extraordinary service through the provision of their time and talents.

Mrs Catherine Gorr OAM

  • Nurse
  • First volunteered in 1985 and has since been on 38 programs including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, PNG, Samoa, Philippines and Vietnam.
  • Packed all of the surgical and anaesthetic equipment on 288 programs (until 2002) at her home in Mt Eliza and transported to the airport.
  • Surgical Committee member from inception to 2013.
  • Awarded Paul Harris Fellowship in 2001 by Rotary Club of Mt Eliza.
  • Awarded an Australian Government commendation in 2002 for Volunteer of the Year.

Dr Chris Lowry

  • Anaesthetist
  • Has volunteered with Interplast since 1987 on 34 programs to countries including PNG, Vanuatu, Mauritius, Cambodia, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Tonga and Laos.
  • Significant contribution in Laos in particular, having participated in 21 surgical programs.
  • Retired as a volunteer in February 2018 with final trip in Laos.
  • Has contributed many photos which have been used in Interplast publications over the years.

Ms Turia Pitt

  • Interplast Ambassador since 2013 and a great supporter, fundraiser and advocate for Interplast.
  • Has hosted and spoken at numerous events on behalf of Interplast in her capacity as ambassador.
  • Has led many fundraising adventures including Ironman, Great Wall of China, Kokoda Trek, Everest Basecamp.
  • Observer on programs in Nepal and Laos.
  • Has raised over $1 million for Interplast.

Mr Randall Sach

  • Surgeon
  • First volunteered with Interplast in 1984 and has been on 11 programs to countries including Fiji, Tonga and Sri Lanka.
  • Member of Interplast’s Planning & Evaluation Committee until 2014.
  • Country Coordinator for Sri Lanka from 2007 – 2017.
  • Significant role in the 2017 Sri Lanka review.
  • Instrumental in developing hand surgery as a sub-specialty in Sri Lanka.
  • Developed and supported a number of training placements in South Australia for Sri Lankan surgeons.

Mr Stephen Weychan

  • Rotarian Ambassador
  • Past president of Rotary Club of Kenwick.
  • Great supporter of Interplast for over 10 years as a Rotary fundraiser.
  • Observer on an Interplast surgical program to Fiji in 2010.
  • Instrumental in establishing and building the Direct Debit program which has raised approx. $650K for Interplast.