The Oesophageal Atresia Research Association (OARA) was founded in 1980 as an auxiliary of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne to support the families of children born with Oesophageal Atresia and Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (OA/TOF). At the time, the auxiliary was made up of parents and friends of children living with OA/TOF.
Recognising the need to support families across the country, OARA incorporated in the 2010s and extended its services across Australia. Today, OARA's work is dedicated to:
- Raising awareness of OA/TOF across Australia
- Supporting medical research into OA/TOF through the provision of funding to key research institutions across Australia; and
- Supporting programs at Australian hospitals that specialise in the care and treatment of babies born with OA/TOF.
our current board
The OARA Board of Directors is a hybrid model of a typical board and an executive management team, known as a working board. All members of our board have children or are closely tied to children, born with TOF/OA. All volunteer board to take on all roles of providing leadership and strategy, setting and maintaining vision, mission and values and ensuring compliance with governing documents.