The AIDA Board held its second meeting for the year in Sydney on 22 to 23 June 2018. It was great to have the full Board in attendance and a lot was achieved over the two days. The first day was a director training day, and on the second day we got down to the business of the Board meeting.
As directors, we take on a significant responsibility for the governance of AIDA and it is important that all directors are not only aware of their director’s duties, but are appropriately skilled to discharge those duties. We attended a half-day session of financial training delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, which was highly relevant and instructive to our roles as directors. We also attended a half-day media and presentation seminar, which supports ongoing representation of AIDA amongst our stakeholders and the public. This training continued our investment in developing our directors to ensure that AIDA is both well governed and represented by passionate and skilled directors who have creditability and impact through their work on behalf of AIDA.
With the 2018 conference nearing, we are looking forward to another great event and I would encourage all members who haven’t registered for conference yet, to have a think about it; it is a great event. The AIDA conference is growing year by year and we are excited by the program that is being developed for this year’s event.
At this year’s annual general meeting, we have a number of Director positions becoming vacant and the Board would like to encourage members who are interested in becoming a Director of AIDA to nominate for the election. Student members who have been previous Student Representative Committee members should consider nominating for the Student Director position. While there is a lot of work and responsibility involved with being a Director of AIDA, it is a highly rewarding role. The notice of election is available on the AIDA website and this provides the eligibility criteria to stand for election as well as the procedure for nominating. There will also be links to the duties and expectations of Directors to help you decide whether being a Director is for you or not.
AIDA has long held a goal of becoming involved in research that is relevant to our members and Indigenous health, and we are pleased to advise that we are currently making significant progress towards a number of collaborative research projects. While we are unable to provide further detail at this time, we expect to be able to announce a highly relevant and important research project in coming weeks. We are also working on establishing a research committee to oversee and develop our research agenda, and will be seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and interested members over coming months.
The welfare of our members is one of the key reasons that AIDA exists and the Secretariat has been receiving increasing requests for support from members. We are pleased that AIDA is being seen as a support mechanism that our members can approach when they are experiencing challenges at university, in their training, or at their workplaces. We are working to ensure that we are better able to respond to this need and provide members with the support they need. We will continue to develop capacity and capability to provide high levels of member support.
Finally, on behalf of the Board, I would like to encourage all of those members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2018 to do so. Currently, a large number of members haven’t renewed their membership for 2018. AIDA’s strength is drawn from our members, so for those that have not renewed please visit the AIDA website and complete the renewal process.
Thank you for your support of AIDA. I look forward to seeing you in Perth in September.
Dr Kali Hayward