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GOVERNANCE

Our Board of Directors are a group of outstanding people with diverse experience and knowledge, who serve to ensure our vision, purpose and values are maintained and provide oversight across strategy execution.

Public Health

Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (ABN 86 081 872 586) is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and an Australian Government DFAT accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO). It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body for Australian international development NGOs, and adheres to the self-regulatory Code of Conduct mandated by ACFID. It is a group A member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a principal member of Vision 2020 Australia.

BOARD

Dr Gullapalli 'Nag' Rao, MBBS PhD
Board Member and Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Dr Nag Rao is Chair of LV Prasad Eye Institute and Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health (formerly International Centre for Eyecare Education). An entrepreneur of solutions for eye health, Dr Rao is widely respected for the creation of sustainable, high quality, comprehensive eye care delivery and as the father of the vision centre model which is transforming vision care across India and inspiring development worldwide.

Dr Rao established LVPEI, one of the world's leading eye research hospitals, after a successful career in the US as an academic ophthalmologist. He has specialised in diseases of the cornea, eye banking and corneal transplantation, community eye health, eye care policy and planning. He has published over 250 papers and contributed several book chapters. From 2004-2008, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, President and CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, where he played an important role leading VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
Professor Kovin Naidoo, OD MPH PhD FAAO
Board member, CEO and Director of Global Programs of Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Professor Naidoo is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader. He is currently Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), trustee of VISION 2020, a member of the World Council of Optometry Governing Board, and member of the World Health Organization Refractive Error Working Group. Professor Naidoo is currently CEO of the African Vision Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Professor Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged. He was African Optometrist of the Year in 2002 and named International Optometrist in 2007. He was jointly awarded with Professor Brien Holden the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010, at the regional World Economic Forum in Tanzania.
Ms Sandra Bailey, LLB
Board Member of Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Sandra Bailey is a Yorta Yorta woman and current CEO of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) of NSW, a role she has held since 1992. The AHMRC is the peak representative organisation and advocate for Aboriginal communities in the health sector in the state of New South Wales (NSW). Ms Bailey has a longstanding involvement and a wealth of experience in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, (ACCHS), whose members deliver culturally appropriate primary health care services to Aboriginal people across NSW.

Since graduating from Melbourne University Law School, Ms Bailey has worked as a Solicitor for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services, and served as Head of the Aboriginal Issues Unit of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It was in these roles she gained extensive experience working in partnerships with Aboriginal community organisations in the areas of advocacy and support of Aboriginal self-determination, building on the strengths of Aboriginal community development, legal and health inequalities and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Ms Bailey's current role incudes representing members; interests through the provision of member services support, effective policy and program development within the sector. It also involves building on State and Commonwealth partnerships to ensure appropriate Aboriginal primary health care service delivery to achieve better health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

With the support of an Aboriginal community-elected Board of Directors, Ms Bailey's leadership of the AHMRC has seen it expand to include support for nearly 50 ACCHSs through various activities delivered through Public Health Units which assists members with clinic services. These include cancer care, child & maternal health services, chronic disease management, tobacco cessation, drug/alcohol use and harm minimisation.

Ms Bailey is a co-chair of the NSW Aboriginal Health Partnership, which is strengthened by a formal agreement between the NSW Government and the AHMRC, and she has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees and boards. She has also been involved in numerous research projects on Aboriginal health, including in the areas of child health and resilience.

In recognition of her outstanding service in the Aboriginal health sector, Ms Bailey was awarded the Australian Government Centenary Medal for Contribution to Health in 2003.
Jan Ferguson, BA
Board Member of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

With a passion for knowledge, innovation, people and remote Australia, Jan is a leader and strategist for the 21st Century. Her deep experience in innovation, knowledge and enterprise management is fused with a passion for people, teamwork, social justice and especially for rural and remote Australia.

She has a flair for building large, effective partnerships across industry, government, academia and the community to understand and solve major challenges.

For nine years she managed Ninti One Limited, a national not-for-profit that has delivered notable results for people, industries and communities in remote Australia through research, innovation and enterprise development. Its research findings have helped raise the issues of this vast region (which generates most of our export wealth) along with those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the national awareness, engendering a new respect and richer dialogue about progress, participation and prosperity.

Jan also worked for more than 20 years as a senior executive in the South Australian Government and was 1997 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (SA Public Sector Category). Her managerial expertise embraces fields such as the arts, Aboriginal affairs, economics, education, knowledge and research management, precision pastoralism, rangelands issues and tourism. She has extensive experience in developing relevant, insightful and compelling reports.

Having lived in Beltana in pastoral SA, and Alice Springs, NT, she has a particular, heartfelt commitment to building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all remote Australians.
Jenni Lightowlers, LLM LLB(Hons) BA GradDipEd
Board Member of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Jenni is a founding Partner of Francis Abourizk Lightowlers Lawyers. Jenni is considered one of Australia’s leading advisors to Cooperative Research Centres, research, innovation and commercialisation entities and universities (in both Australia and the South Pacific).

Recognised globally in 2015 and again in 2016 by International Law Office/Lexology as one of the world's leading lawyers in the life sciences, Jenni advises clients on a wide range of issues across the health, biotech, IT, defence export controls, mining, corporate governance, government and education sectors. Jenni recently retired as Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University and is now a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow. She sits on the Faculty of Law Advisory Board.

Over the last two decades, Jenni has advised on some of the most complex technology and R&D projects ever to have taken place in Australia. She is a Director of a number of companies and advisor to entities such as AMIRA (collaborative research entity in the global minerals industry), Australian Cyber Security Research Institute and The Space Environment Research Centre.

Jenni holds Arts and Education qualifications (University of Western Australia), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Masters of Laws (University of Melbourne) and is enrolled in a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

EXECUTIVE

Professor Kovin Naidoo, OD MPH PhD FAAO
Board member, CEO and Director of Global Programs of Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Professor Naidoo is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader. He is currently Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), trustee of VISION 2020, a member of the World Council of Optometry Governing Board, and member of the World Health Organization Refractive Error Working Group. Professor Naidoo has served as the Head of Optometry at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa, and as the co-founder and CEO of the African Vision Research Institute.

Professor Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged. He was African Optometrist of the Year in 2002 and named International Optometrist in 2007. He was jointly awarded with Professor Brien Holden the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010, at the regional World Economic Forum in Tanzania.
Amanda Davis, MPH BBus Dip Nursing
Amanda Davis is Global Chief Operating Officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health (formerly International Centre for Eyecare Education) with additional responsibilities of the Regional Director for Asia Pacific. She sits on the Board of Directors of Vision 2020-The Right to Sight Australia, is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Optometry Giving Sight, Australia, Director of Optometry Giving Sight (Global), Director of Vision CRC, Director of Viscorp and Director of PNG Eyecare.

Ms Davis has a strong background in health and management. She has worked in a number of key management roles within the eye care sector for twenty years. In 2006, Ms Davis was appointed Global Chief Operating Officer of Brien Holden Vision Institute Public Health, including overseeing all aspects of its strategy, programming, governance, finance, human resources, public relations and communications.

She has recently been elected to the position of Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in the Western Pacific region. This position will be confirmed in October 2016 for a period of four years.

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

ACFID Code of Conduct

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In 2008, an important milestone was achieved when Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health received accreditation by the Australian Aid.

Australian Aid manages the majority of the Australian Government's overseas aid program working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver assistance where it is most effectively needed, consequently improving the lives of millions of people.
 
A key element of Australia’s strategy to effectively engage with communities overseas is its partnership with the Australian Council for the International Development (ACFID). ACFID is the peak body for Australian international development non-government organisations (NGO).  

Australian Aid and ACFID signed a partnership agreement in 2009, recognising long standing cooperation between the two organisations and promoting a robust and professional Australian international development NGO sector.

The agreement recognises that non-government organisations like the Institute, contributes significantly to Australia’s overall international development outcomes for the overseas aid program. It acknowledges NGO’s are important partners who play a key role in international efforts to reduce poverty, and comparative advantages in aid delivery include their ability to build people-to-people links, deliver sustainable community-led solutions for people living in poverty, and reach the poorest and most marginalised.

In September 2000, member states of the United Nations, including Australia, agreed to work towards eliminating global poverty and hunger, to improve health, gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability and to create a global partnership for development. This commitment produced the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Australian aid helps developing countries to achieve these goals.

Since the Public Health Division received accreditation by Australian Aid and become a member of ACFID, we have adhered to the self-regulatory Code of Conduct mandated by ACFID. The Code represents the active commitment of overseas aid agencies or non-government development organisations (NGDOs) to conduct their activities with integrity and accountability.

The Code aims to enhance standards throughout the NGDO community to ensure that public confidence is maintained in the way that community contributions to overseas aid are used to reduce poverty through effective and sustainable development. After 14 years of operation ACFID comprehensively reviewed the code in 2010 and it now includes more than 50 principles and more than 150 binding obligations.

How does it operate?

Current compliance mechanisms include:

  • checking of documentation upon membership application (governing instrument, policies)
  • an annual statement of commitment to the code
  • review of annual and financial reports by a qualified accountant against the reporting requirements of the code
  • annual self– assessment against every principle of the code signed by the signatory governing body and reviewed by the Code of Conduct Committee
  • random audits of fundraising material during an emergency and an external complaints mechanism
How is it governed?

An independent, voluntary Code of Conduct Committee monitors adherence to the code and investigates complaints, which may be brought by any member of the public. The primary focus is to work with signatory organisations to improve standards and reduce the risk of breach occurrence. If a breach is serious, or the signatory does not respond appropriately, disciplinary action may be considered.
 
The committee may require the signatory to provide information to donors, notify Australian Aid, and ultimately suspend Code membership. A small team is located within ACFID that undertakes compliance activities and investigates complaints, which are confidential to the Code Committee.

Complaints against the Institute

Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health is committed to taking all reasonable measures to monitor and regulate organisation practices to fully adhere to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.

Should you feel the ACFID Code has been breached and would like to submit a complaint to the Institute, please address your complaint to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Public Health at the following email address: info@brienholdenvision.org

If you wish to take the matter further or would like to make a complaint about the Chief Operating Officer, Public Health then please address you complaint to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute, at the following email address: info@brienholdenvision.org

All complaints will be acknowledged as soon as possible with an expected outcome of their complaint be received within a 30 day period of receipt. The COO is the overseeing and focal point for all global public health programs and has the responsibility to initiate, delegate and co-ordinate a response regardless of which country's practices are in question. On receiving a response, should you wish to take the matter further, appeals may be made in writing to the CEO within 30 days of receiving the initial response from the COO.

If you would like further information or would like to receive a copy of our Complaints Handling Policy, please request a copy by email at this email address: info@brienholdenvision.org  or call +612 9385 7459.

In the event you wish to take the matter further to ACFID, please visit the complaints section at: www.acfid.asn.au

 

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Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (formerly ICEE), is the Public Health Division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct and is a registered charity.
ABN number: 86 081 872 586