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Wounds Australia Structure

The following link is a recording from the Chair of the Wounds Australia Board, Helen McGregor which discusses the new Wounds Australia structure and the introduction of the new Portfolios.


National Portfolios – The Three Pillars of Wounds Australia Education, Research and Membership
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Portfolio descriptor
The portfolios are being established as part of the new organisation structure of Wounds Australia. The portfolios will assist the Wounds Australia Board to develop future Wounds Australia national Operational and Strategic direction, develop services for members and engage members in communication and discussion to shape the future of Wounds Australia. Each portfolio will have a Board member liaison to assist with establishment of the portfolio; however the focus will be on skill development of participating members within the portfolios. The portfolios will have communication links to the Wounds Australia Board and CEO.

The portfolios will operate at a national level and are not directly involved in state/territory activities; however they will liaise with state and territory branches to support member activities.

At commencement, a Board member liaison will facilitate the first meeting (via teleconference) at which each portfolio will need to appoint a Chair and Deputy Chair by nomination from the portfolio members. Following the appointment of Chair and Deputy Chair the Terms of Reference (TOR) template for the portfolio (deciding on meeting dates/ frequency, and other portfolio operations) will be completed. The portfolio meetings will then be run by the Chair and members. The Board member liaison will attend meetings as needed to facilitate establishment of the portfolio and communications to/from the board of Wounds Australia. Remote meeting technology will be available for meetings and secretarial support may be negotiated as required.

State/ Territory structure descriptor
The Wounds Australia Board has requested that a State/Territory Lead Contact be appointed by nomination by members in order for ease of communications to be maintained to/ from the members and to/from the board.

It is also recognised that a key role for each local area is in responding to education needs and planned educational events. The role of Education Lead will also be appointed by the state / territory members by nomination.

Each state or territory and its members may appoint other leaders or committees as needed and these may be on a long or short term basis in response to local actions and events.

The Wounds Australia Board is aware that this may mean that each state, territory or local area structure may look different and be more fluid, dependent on events occurring at local levels. It is envisaged that this fluidity, backed by the two appointed leadership positions (State Lead and Education Lead), will allow for states and territories to respond to locally identified needs for members, regardless of location, reflective of a national member organisation.

Committee descriptor
There are some existing national and project committees which have done outstanding work over the years in providing services and developing the profile of AWMA and Wounds Australia. There is no plan to disband functioning committees however they may be structurally located under the aegis of a portfolio which is the best logical fit to coordinate functions and outcomes for inclusion in the strategic plan. (For example, the Research Subcommittee will continue to operate as part of the ToR of the Research Portfolio). The committee or sub-committee will continue to function under TOR if they are current or may need to renew TOR if out of date.

Any new national or project committees will require board approval, ratified TOR and project /committee budget and outcome planning.

At State /Territory level short or long term committees may be established according to local needs and report as per state leadership requirements – see State/ Territory descriptor.


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