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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 firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Friday, 23 February.
We focus on addressing the root causes of this complex and multifaceted issue through primary interventions such as:
Scriptwisevis funded almost entirely by corporations, donations and non-government grants.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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