Chief Executive Officer's Report 2014
I am proud to say that 2014 was a year of significant achievement for Kidney Health Australia. Apart from posting a modest surplus of $51,319 to year end, 2014 was marked by us bringing several major pipeline projects to market for the benefit of our kidney community.
These initiatives are now delivering direct benefits to Australians affected by kidney disease in the areas of detection, treatment and support and have been made possible through the generous support of our donors, supporters and philanthropic community.
- KidneyCheck – our home protein urine test to identify early signs of kidney damage – sold through Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian pharmacies nationally
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Kidney Health Strategy and appointment of GM Aboriginal Affairs
- Big Red Kidney Bus – Holiday Dialysis – first bus launched in Victoria
- Emorgo Kidney Transplant House – launched in Victoria
I am immensely proud of our Kidney Health Australia team whose hard work, perseverance and dedication enabled us to finalise the execution of these flagship programs. The next step with some of these is to ensure that all Australians affected by kidney disease have equitable access to all these key programs and services.
Our ongoing mission pillar programs in GP Education, advocacy, research and support to children, young people, adults and families continue to deliver on our vision to ‘save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease.
2015 will see Kidney Health Australia commence operationalizing the vision for our Australian Kidney Research Foundation (AKRF) as part of our commitment to our 2020 goal of having a corpus of $10m to sustain and increase funds for kidney research well into the future.
Our major strength is our broad revenue base which ensures that as a business we are not dependent on any one source of income. We are truly independent of Government funding for our infrastructure and operations, ensuring that any changes in Australia’s political landscape will not impact our sustainability long term.
Australia’s current corporate, philanthropic and economic climate makes it increasingly difficult to generate large sums of money to underpin our work. We are indebted to the Australian community, all our partners, corporate and philanthropic supporters as well as our donors, lotteries customers and those who support our events and campaigns.
As the national peak body representing the needs of Australians affected by all forms of kidney disease, we must continually strive to identify new sources of income whilst ensuring our kidney stakeholders see value in the programs and services we deliver.
We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and are most appreciative of the support of our volunteers and supporters around Australia.
In 2014 Kidney Health Australia lost our beloved Patron Sir Jack Brabham AO, OBE. Sir Jack had been on dialysis for many years and throughout that time had been an avid supporter of our work. We thank Sir Jack for his Patronage, for his support and for assisting us to promote our work over many years. We are delighted to have Lady Margaret Brabham continue as our Patron and look forward to working with her to uphold the legacy left by her late husband.
In March, 2014 Kidney Health Australia’s Patron-in-Chief Dame Quentin Bryce AD stepped down as Australia’s first female Governor General. Dame Quentin always enjoyed attending Kidney Health Australia events and we acknowledge her sincere interest in the kidney health of all Australians and her passion for improving the Aboriginal kidney health of our First Nation peoples. I thank Dame Quentin for her support of our work over many years.
As one door closes, another opens and we were delighted to receive confirmation that Australia’s 26th Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC accepted our invitation to become Kidney Health Australia’s Patron-in- Chief. We look forward to working with Sir Peter.
We thank all our Patrons and Ambassadors for flying the Kidney Health Australia flag with us and particularly appreciate the loyalty, commitment and passion that you have for our cause and our organisation.
I congratulate my staff on a wonderful year of achievement and particularly acknowledge members of my Senior Management Team for your ongoing support. I specifically acknowledge all our Call Centre operators and staff led by Jenny Burnett who deliver amazing financial lotteries results for the organisation year in year out.
The governance of Kidney Health Australia is led by Chairman Vin Harink and my fellow Directors on the Board. I thank you all for your loyalty and support of Kidney Health Australia and for the time that you so generously donate to the organisation.
All at Kidney Health Australia look forward to the challenges ahead as we work together for the benefit of Australians affected by kidney disease.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - Kidney Health Australia
The Australian Kidney Foundation T/A Kidney Health Australia ABN 37 008 464 426
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Page updated 24 April 2015