Chief Executive Officer's Report 2013
The 2013 year marked Kidney Health Australia’s 45th Anniversary providing us with an opportunity to reflect on our past achievements and focus on the road ahead.
It is with pride that I reflect on our proud history of supporting Australians with kidney disease and our early beginnings as The Australian Kidney Foundation in 1968. Originating as a nephrologist-led initiative, the Australian Kidney Foundation focused primarily on securing funding for medical research into kidney disease, treatment and prevention. The very first year of our organisation saw the first grants for the Medical Research Program allocated. Since then in excess of $30 million has been raised for kidney research in our search for new developments, treatments and that elusive cure.
In 2014, I am proud to say Kidney Health Australia is a vibrant organisation, that has gone from a single focus in 1968 to one that now encompasses services and programs across our four mission pillars of: education, advocacy, research and support.
As the national peak body, Kidney Health Australia remains proudly independent of government having developed a broad mix of revenues to support our work on behalf of Australia’s kidney community.
It is therefore pleasing to report that in 2013, Kidney Health Australia posted a profit of $998,896 which is a credit to our wonderful network of supporters, partners and donors and to our tireless and hard working staff.
Some of our achievements in 2013 included:
- Commencement of the ‘Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Scheme’ on 1 July 2013
- Changes to the annual cycle of diabetic care requirements for those living with Type 2 diabetes to include of a measure of kidney function
- Launch of the National End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) Decision Aid Tool
- Launch of a national Kidney Club
- Completion of the fit-out of our first Big Red Kidney Bus - a long awaited achievement made possible by donated funds through Perpetual Trustees.
The election of a new Federal Government provides new opportunities for collaboration. The development and strengthening of relationships both at Federal and State levels continues to be a major priority as we strive to raise awareness of a disease that is a ‘silent killer’. With 56 Australians dying each day from kidney related disease, our team is committed to ‘maintaining the rage’ on behalf of our kidney stakeholders.
We are indebted to those members of the Australian community who support our events, appeals, purchase tickets in our lotteries, utilise our commercial operations, and purchase our products - your support makes our work possible.
It is always a humbling experience to receive major grant monies or notification of bequest monies pledged to us by individuals and families whose loved ones have passed away. We recognise this is a major decision to make, and we are honoured to be beneficiaries of such generosity creating a lasting legacy for Australia’s kidney community. With major new projects due to come to fruition in 2014, Kidney Health Australia is poised to penetrate the crowded health marketplace with awareness messages about early detection and prevention as we strive to ‘save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease’. In order to succeed we need to continue to implement our business strategy that sees the organisation delivering positive financial results from a diverse range of revenue streams.
An organisation is only as good as its people and as CEO I am so proud to say that our talented team of professionals worked solidly in 2013 to deliver on our organisational promises. I thank and congratulate our Kidney Health Australia family of staff for your dedication, passion and hard work. I make particular mention of my Senior Management Team and thank them for their continued commitment to the organisation and the drive we all share to deliver optimal results for our kidney stakeholders.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to our Chairman, Mr Vin Harink, and my fellow Directors. Your commitment to Kidney Health Australia and the contribution of your time and expertise to our organisation is greatly valued and appreciated.
Finally, the entire kidney community and all at Kidney Health Australia thank our outgoing Patron-in-Chief former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO for her support of our work during her reign as Australia’s 25th Governor-General of Australia.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kidney Health Australia
The Australian Kidney Foundation T/A Kidney Health Australia ABN 37 008 464 426
If you wish to read our Annual Report 2013 - download from documents below (4 parts).
Page updated 22 May 2014