We proudly present our Annual Report for 2012
At the commencement of 2012, the task facing Kidney Health Australia involved consolidation and extension of our 2011 financial turnaround. As stated in previous years, Kidney Health Australia’s ability to deliver enhanced services to all our stakeholders is dependent on running our business efficiently, effectively and profitably.
Being independent of government, we rely on the generosity of our donors, the Australian community, our philanthropic and corporate partners, and all those who support our events and community initiatives, as well as profits from our commercial call centre operations in Adelaide.
I am therefore delighted to report that the hard work and commitment of Kidney Health Australia staff, together with the generosity of our donor community, resulted in the organisation posting a profit of $1,373,001. This is a tremendous result made possible through the realisation of donations from our bequest pipeline significantly boosting our Australian Kidney Research Foundation.
As is always the case, 2012 was packed with a range of initiatives and highlights.
Some of these warrant specific mention below:
- Development of the Big Red Kidney Bus project, offering mobile satellite dialysis in conjunction with Southern Health, the Grenda Corporation, Ventura Bus Lines, Latrobe Valley Bus Lines, the Gippsland Mobile Holiday Dialysis Support Group and Perpetual. We are delighted that our first Big Red Kidney Bus will be on the road in 2013.
- Implementation of the first Tiwi Island Health Promotion Program on drinking water for healthy kidneys and a healthy heart funded by the Australian Government.
- Commencement of work in the area of kidney cancer.
- Presentation of the Kincaid-Smith Medal by Her Excellency the Governor-General of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce to Professor David Harris.
- Appointment of a Kidney Health Australia CEO to the Commonwealth Organ and Tissue Authority Advisory Council.
- Appointment of new Kidney Health Australia Government Relations Manager.
- Completion of the Board Strategic Planning Program midyear.
These activities represent just a brief overview of just a few important Kidney Health Australia initiatives for 2012.
In the second half of 2012, a skills audit was undertaken across the organisation with the aim of identifying capability gaps that would need to be addressed in 2013 in order to create a ‘step change’ in awareness and revenue generation going forward. Outcomes of the audit led to a partial restructure of our business to be implemented on 1 January, 2013. This has led to some staffing changes that will better equip our national team to address the funding and programmatic challenges of the future.
At a time when competition for the donated dollar has never been greater, Kidney Health Australia continues to be well supported by the unwavering loyalty of all our supporters who so generously make our work possible.
To our financial donors, our lottery supporters, our business customers, our pharmaceutical partners, corporate partners and philanthropic trusts and foundations, our heartfelt thanks on behalf of those whom we serve for supporting our work and organisation.
In 2012, we were once again delighted to have the support of our patrons and ambassadors for a range of activities. The Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce – Kidney Health Australia’s Patron-in-Chief kindly officiated at the presentation of the 2012 Kincaid-Smith Medal to Professor David Harris of Westmead Hospital for his services to kidney research. Our patrons Sir Jack and Lady Brabham generously arranged to donate proceeds from a fundraiser in their name to Kidney Health Australia. Throughout the year we were supported by Mr Norman Rowe AM, Mr Tim Mathieson and Mr Tyler Atkins in helping us raise much needed awareness through Red Undies Week launches and our Kidney Kar Rally. We greatly appreciate their ongoing support.
Each year I write that an organisation is only as good as its people and 2012 was no exception. To those staff who left us to pursue other endeavours – many thanks for the contribution you have made to the kidney cause. To the current team who operate very much like our ‘kidney family’ my thanks for your professionalism and dedication. To my Senior Management Team who bring our organisational plans to fruition my personal thanks for your tremendous support and commitment to getting the job done on behalf of our stakeholders.
Finally, I am privileged to be part of a loyal and dedicated board of directors who generously give of their time and expertise. My thanks to Vin Harink our Chairman and to all my fellow directors for the countless hours you so willingly donate to the governance of the organisation and the well being of Australians with kidney disease.
Together we are ‘making a difference’!
Anne Wilson - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kidney Health Australia - Education, Advocacy, Research, Support
The Australian Kidney Foundation T/A Kidney Health Australia
ABN 37 008 464 426
Annual report 31 December 2011
UPDATED 23 MAY 2013