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East Timor Hearts Fund

http://www.easttimorheartsfund.org.au/

Annual Budget: $250,001-$750,000
Number of Paid Staff: 1 - 3
Number of Volunteers: 6-20
Community Segment: Health

Current Board Size: 8-12
Board Meetings (frequency): Every two months
Board Meetings Held: At Night
State where Board Meetings Held: Victoria
Local Government Area:

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East Timor Hearts Fund is Australia’s only medical aid charity dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery for young people from Timor-Leste (East Timor) and also being an organisation devoted to research, education and prevention programs for rheumatic heart disease. The organisation is a company limited by guarantee and has tax endorsements from the Australian Tax Office, including DGR.

Since its informal establishment in 2010 the organisation has arranged treatment for more than 40 patients. After surgery our patients are able to return to school, work and university, and contribute to their families, community and country.

The Fund is a volunteer-powered organisation that has two employees (0.6 CEO and 0.4 Office Assistant) and utilises volunteers for all other medical and administrative functions. The organisation’s patrons are Sir Peter Cosgrove and His Excellency Xanana Gusmao.

The organisation’s volunteer medical team currently conducts screening clinics in Timor-Leste 3 times a year to identify candidates for surgery or heart procedures in Australia. Patients are flown to Australia with an interpreter/health support worker (and parent in the case of children). Accommodation, warm clothing, meals and social support are provided by the Fund’s volunteer patient support team.

The organisation is implementing its 2017-20 Strategic Plan, which is seeing more patients treated in Australia and plans for a fly-in surgical mission to Timor-Leste. In addition the organisation has funded and partnered to deliver the first prevalence study of rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste, and a penicillin prophylaxis program to offer early intervention will be rolled out in 2017. The plan includes projects to build health capacity and expertise in Timor-Leste.

More information is available at www.easttimorheartsfund.org.au/what-we-do

The board oversees and sets the policy direction for the organisation. A key task is the implementation of the 17-20 Strategic Plan.

In addition board directors are expected to fulfil the following general duties:

  • Regularly attend bi-monthly board meetings and committee and/or other important meetings where needed.
  • Contribute skills through board committees where appropriate and through active involvement in board projects or assignments where needed.
  • Make an active effort to stay informed about board/organisation, to be fully prepared for meeting and to reviews and comment on minutes and reports.
  • Actively get to know other board members and build collegiate working relationships that contribute to robust decision-making and good outcomes for the organisation.
  • Actively participate in board evaluation and planning exercises.
  • Participate in fundraising activities and events and use networks to secure financial and pro-bono support for the organisation.

This voluntary, unpaid role requires a considerable time commitment, including attendance at meetings, meeting preparation, possible service on board committees or working groups, active involvement in board projects and involvement in organisational events including fundraising activities.  It is an opportunity to become involved with a small organisation with a big vision, and experience the rewards of volunteering for a cause that delivers real and tangible benefits to the people of Timor-Leste.

East Timor Hearts Fund is seeking expressions of interest from people who have undertaken formal governance training with a recognised body and/or have previous board experience.

As a result of a skills audit undertaken by the organisation, expressions of interest are particularly encouraged in candidates with the following expertise:

  • medical qualifications and experience desirably in the fields of cardiac health, rheumatic heart disease, global or public health.
  • knowledge and experience of government and bureaucracy and the culture in Timor-Leste, including Timorese or Timorese-Australian candidates.
  • Experience in the area of philanthropy, particularly major donors and corporates.

Successful candidates would be elected at the next AGM in May 2017, for a three year term.

Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria outlined above, and how they would use their skills and experience to support the board and contribute to the organisation’s objectives along with their CV to the CEO, Stuart Thomson, by 5pm 31 March 2017.


Role: General Board Member
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Banking & Financial Services, Community Specialist, Fundraising, Governance and medical
Targeting: Anyone

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