Chairperson Reflections 2021-22 – Consuming Issues Victoria


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This 12 months introduced wanted consolidation after a lot change within the earlier two years. EDV was capable of return, albeit barely intermittently, to regular operations and face-to-face working while retaining the net providers which proved so wanted and standard in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDV participated strongly in varied committees and spherical tables at each the senior govt and board stage in an effort to serve the group. This work was pivotal in resulting in the announcement of a brand new Victorian Consuming Dysfunction Technique in Could 2022. While that is welcome recognition of the significance of a coordinated response to consuming problems, it got here with the information that almost all of EDV’s funding is simply assured till June 2023.

EDV will contribute to the Technique as a frontrunner within the area, drawing on our coalface understanding of lived expertise. In parallel with the Technique, we are going to proceed to work with authorities on the event of a funding mannequin for EDV that’s extra assured within the medium time period, permitting our valued packages to function with certainty and longevity.

Martin Newnham, our long-time Treasurer, retired from the board this 12 months. Martin leaves a legacy of a much-improved board monetary reporting features which continues to serve us nicely.  Our thanks go to Martin for his excellent service.

This 12 months we welcomed new board members, Emma Mackinnon (nee Sutton) who transitioned from being the primary board mentee to being a full board member; Jeff Cole who stepped into the Treasurer function and managed to attain a seamless transition in addition to making sturdy contributions on the board strategic reporting entrance.

Our governance buildings and processes have been enhanced by means of holding two full day Board planning conferences attended by most Board members and the CEO. These have been a welcome return to face-to-face interactions and have been expertly facilitated by former chair Dr. Leanne Beagley.  Board members have been capable of spend high quality time totally understanding ahead methods and brainstorming enhancements to governance processes. It’s meant to make these planning days no less than an annual occasion.

Thanks specifically to Janet Lowndes for forming and chairing the Scientific Governance Sub-committee and to the members and contributors to that committee.  This addition to our governance framework was facilitated by a focused board recruitment course of which recognized key expertise want for our work as a board.  One other instance of expertise utilized by the board was the formation of a complete advocacy plan lead from board stage by Johanna Wicks.

My thanks as soon as once more go to the complete board, particularly deputy Claire Diffey and Chair of the Strategic Sub-committee Richard Matotek.

Due to Belinda and the devoted workforce working at EDV in addition to our volunteers who proceed give their time to us. While initially of my report I alluded to a 12 months of consolidation, that’s not to say that the challenges of day-to-day operations have abated, and the workforce have continued to indicate resilience and persistence and even had time for innovation.

The subsequent 12 months will hopefully deliver funding construction enhancements to permit EDV to additional consolidate its efforts.

Nick Gurner
Board Chair


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