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Scriptwise

http://www.scriptwise.org.au/

Annual Budget: $250,001-$750,000
Number of Paid Staff: 4 - 10
Number of Volunteers: 5 or fewer
Community Segment: Community & Economic Development, Health

Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): Monthly
Board Meetings Held: At Night
State where Board Meetings Held: All States and Territories
Local Government Area:

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Scriptwise is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to reducing prescription medication misuse and overdose fatalities in Australia.

We were formed in 2014 to amplify the voices of the alarming number of families and individuals affected by the misuse of prescription drugs. From 2008 -2014 alone, there was an 87 percent increase in the number of prescription opioid deaths in Australia. Our pri mary objective is to educate all Australians around the safe and effective use of their medications, to prevent further misuse, addiction and/or overdose fatalities.

We work with our partners and those personally affected to help increase health literacy and to advocate for essential health interventions to ensure Australians can achieve a better quality of life. Together we will ensure reducing and preventing prescription medication misuse is recognised as a priority health issue in Australia.

To submit your expression of interest for this position, please email Executive Manager, Nardine Keriakous at nardine@scriptwise.org.au by COB Friday, 23 February.

Our focus

We focus on addressing the root causes of this complex and multifaceted issue through primary interventions such as:

  • engaging and educating local communities on the safe and effective use of prescription medications
  • supporting health professionals and prescribers to ensure guidelines are in place for better prescription and referral to treatment and/or support services for patients at risk of addiction
  • collaborating to shape policy solutions that help improve Australians' quality of life such as the implementation of an effective real-time prescription monitoring system across Australia, and
  • conducting research to understand what's leading to the misuse of prescription medications. Through public education and public health interventions, we are certain that the overall impact of misuse and over dose relating to prescription medications can be minimised.

Our funding

Scriptwisevis funded almost entirely by corporations, donations and non-government grants.

Role Requirements

The Board will support the work of Scriptwise and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

While day-to-day operations are led by Scriptwise Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

General

1. To act with reasonable care and diligence

As a board member, you must show a standard of care and diligence that a reasonable person would use if they were in your place. In practice, do your best to participate. Before the meeting, read and try to understand any materials you have been given about topics the board will be considering. You should feel confident to independently make decisions and not just follow the crowd. Sometimes, you should request that your separate view be recorded in the minutes.

2. To act in the best interest of your charity and for a proper purpose

When acting as a board member you must make decisions that are in the best interest of your charity and to further its charitable purpose.

3. Not to improperly use information or your position

Sometimes as a board member you will come across information that could be used for your personal or other interests. Any special knowledge that you gain as a board member must only be used for the benefit of the charity and never to further personal or other interests.

4. To manage financial affairs responsibly

Many charities receive donations from the public, government funding and taxation concessions or exemptions, and must have financial management practices in place to ensure that a charity's resources are used effectively and protected from misuse. Charities should have appropriate and tailored financial systems and processes, suitable to the size and circumstances of a charity and the complexity of its financial affairs.

5. To disclose and manage conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest occur when your duty to act in the best interests of your charity is or may be in conflict with the opportunity or potential to get a personal benefit (or a benefit for a person or organisation you have a relationship with).All conflicts are required to be noted to the Board and the decision may be made for you to not to take part in any discussion or decision-making where you have a conflict of interest.

Conflicts of interest are common and do not have to be a serious problem. However, if a conflict of interest is not managed properly, it may damage your charity's reputation and, in serious cases, even break the law. Even the perception that a conflict exists, even if there is no actual conflict of interest, requires you to take steps to ensure you do not breach your duty.

6. Not to allow a charity to operate while insolvent

As a board member, you must not allow your charity to continue to take on new debts (for example, wages, rent, equipment lease payments) if you know the charity will not be able to pay those bills when they are due. The most important part of your work is a charity is actually doing what your charity was established to do. However, as a board member you must make sure that not only is your charity doing good work, it is also properly governed.

Governance

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as s/he develops and implements Scriptwise's strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Scriptwise for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness
  • Supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving Scriptwise's annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO
  • Assisting the CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing Scriptwise to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organisation
  • Ensuring Scriptwise's commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the community

Fundraising

Scriptwise Board Members will be expected to assist the CEO in developing and executing a fundraising strategy to achieve $500,000 in revenue by 2020.

Participation

Scriptwise's Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment as stipu

lated in the Constitution. Board meetings will be held monthly via teleconference and annually in person.

Qualifications/Professional Competencies

This is an important role for an individual who is passionate about Scriptwise's mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector. Ideal candidates for the position will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership acomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector
  • Experience in fundraising and/or marketing to raise the brand profile of ScriptWise
  • A commitment to and understanding of Scriptwise's stakeholders, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals

Please note: Service on Scriptwise's Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members' duties.

Desirable

  • Undertaken Company Directors course (Australian Institute of Medical Directors)
  • Medical background and/or great knowledge on the topic of prescription medication misuse and/or addiction and confidence in speaking to media
  • Experience in lobbying to both State and Federal Government as well as network


Role: General Board Member
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Advocacy, Fundraising, Government Relations, Marketing & Communications, Public Policy
Targeting: LGBTQI
Payment: Reimbursement of expenses

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