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ANNUAL REPORT 2007-2008

OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE PEER-LED PROGRAMS WHICH FOSTER THE MENTAL, SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR COMMUNITY.

Major achievements in 2007—2008 XP EER

SUPPORT AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE. DEVELOPED BY ACCURATE EXPRESSIONS, THE NEW WEBSITE HAS ALREADY ATTRACTED POSITIVE COMMENTS AND INCREASED ONLINE BUSINESS.

XN EW STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS AS

ITS EXPANSION INTO

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PEER SUPPORT AUSTRALIA CONTINUES QUEENSLAND AND TASMANIA.

XD EPARTMENT

OF HEALTH AND AGEING REQUEST PEER SUPPORT AUSTRALIA PILOT THE PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY AND KIMBERLEY IN 2009.

XC HAIRMAN,

DAVID STANTON, DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO A USTRALIA’ S YOUTH

OUR CONTINUING

Contact Details

The Peer Support Foundation Limited trading as Peer Support Australia 2 Grosvenor Place Brookvale NSW 2100 Tel: 02 9905 3499 Fax: 02 9905 5134 Email: peeroz@peersupport.edu.au Web: www.peersupport.edu.au

Peer Support Australia Annual Report 2007-2008

ACN : 002 634 853 ABN: 40 002 634 853 PO Box 498 Brookvale NSW 2100

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CONTENTS Page 3 Chairman’s Report Page 4 General Manager’s Report Page 5 What’s in a Name? Page 6 Organisational Structure Page 7 Review of Operations Page 8 Progress Report on Challenges for 2007-2008 Page 9 The Peer Support Program Page 10 Strategic Directions Beyond 2008 Page 11 Challenges for 2008-2009 Page 12 Thanks to our Supporters Page 13 Directors Report Page 15 Financial Reports

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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

This has been a very successful year for the Peer Support Foundation. For the first time in many years, we have ended the year with a full complement of training and development staff. This has resulted in increased attendance at workshops, which has in turn produced a substantial increase in workshop income. Our membership continues to grow, and our expansion into Queensland and Tasmania is developing very well. During the year we adopted Peer Support Australia as a trading name, reflecting the wider geographic spread of our services. Towards the end of the financial year, we were invited by the federal Department of Health and Ageing to present a proposal to run pilot programs in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. This invitation arose out of our expansion into Queensland and Tasmania under the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Chairman: Mr David Stanton

Our training and development team welcomed a new trainer, Zoe Dawson, who has quickly become a valuable member of the team. During the year three new modules were developed, one for the secondary school program and two for primary school. Our financial situation has continued to improve, thanks to ongoing support from a number of philanthropic organisations and government departments, substantial receipts from copying royalties and the increased workshop and membership income referred to previously. Specific grants have been received to enable us to redevelop our website, to refurbish our offices and to develop a new secondary module focusing on values. The fact that we have had such a successful year is due to the skill, application and hard work of our General Manager, Sharon Austin and her staff. I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for their work, along with the thanks of all board members. At the 2007 Annual General Meeting, our Deputy Chairman, Karel Wearne, announced that she would not be seeking reappointment as a director for the 2007-2008 year. Karel joined the board in 1990, and her background in teaching, counselling and psychology has been of great benefit to us during her 17 years as a director. I am sure that the other directors join me in thanking Karel for her contribution over this period, and in wishing her well for the future. James Dibble, who has been a director since 1983, and who was chairman from 1983 to 2000, has had a run of bad health for much of the year, which has made it difficult for him to attend board meetings. We all wish him a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back at board meetings before too long. I would like to thank all directors for their input during the year – all have made important contributions to our deliberations, and we continue to work well together as a team. I would particularly like to thank the new Deputy Chairman, Brian Halstead, for his work on risk management and his general support during the year.

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GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT I am delighted to report that the Peer Support Program continues to grow in success and popularity. We were very pleased this year to have had the opportunity to paint and decorate our offices and install new signage, thanks to an infrastructure grant. The Infrastructure Grants Program (IGP) is funded by the NSW Health and administered by Mental Health Coordinating Council. I have no doubt that the more attractive, fresh offices have resulted in improved morale and increased productivity. Additional infrastructure funding was secured to assist in redevelopment of our website. This was supplemented by funding from the James N Kirby Foundation. We have had many complimentary remarks regarding how much easier it is to use, and the fact that schools can now order resources and register for workshops on line has been a great improvement on our old manual system. Further modifications to this site and other technological improvements are planned for the year General Manager: Ms Sharon Austin ahead courtesy of the Mental Health NGO Capacity Development Grant Project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Materials developed this year were Behaving with Integrity, a secondary school module focusing on values which was funded by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Keeping Friends and Getting Started, primary school modules focusing on relationships and orientation, both of which were self funded. This was another excellent year for Royalty payments with income of over $100,000. This is a good indication that the comprehensive suite of modules that are now available to schools are being used extensively. The expansion into Tasmania and Queensland funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has been very successful. We have run 12 one day workshops and these were attended by 163 teachers. A pilot of the Peer Support Program will take place in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the 2008/2009 financial year. The growing demand for the Peer Support Program has necessitated a change of staffing roles. Col Harrison will move from his role as Training and Development Consultant to a role as Business Development Consultant. I look forward to working with Col in this role and wish him every success. Our new Training and Development Consultant, Zoe Dawson has fitted in well and is proving to be a very capable member of staff. I would like to thank all our supporters for their assistance this year and of course a big thank you to all staff and the Board for their ongoing hard work and effort.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? In January 2008, the Peer Support Foundation became Peer Support Australia. The change reflects the success of the Department of Health and Ageing Suicide Prevention Initiative to expand the program more broadly throughout Queensland and into Tasmania. It also pre-empts a new pilot program to introduce the program to schools in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The name change has been incorporated into all correspondence and into the design of the website. Promotional flyers have a fresh new look as do the faxes promoting workshop dates which are redeveloped and sent to schools each term. Whilst our name has changed, our commitment to providing a peer led approach to improving student relationships and enhancing student wellbeing has not. The universality of the Peer Support Program continues to grow with the positive reactions of teachers and schools in each new region. This year 3 workshops took place for the first time in Rockhampton and a significant number of the schools who were trained have purchased a current module to implement with their students. Challenges remain as Peer Support Australia moves into new markets. There has been an evolution of peer support to the extent that there are now a number of variations in existence throughout Australia. Most schools have a general idea of what peer support is about, though some of these ideas are quite different from the Peer Support Program. Many teachers have developed sessions of their own, whilst other schools use the same resources year after year. Part of the challenge for Peer Support Australia going forward is to ensure our program is sufficiently differentiated from other programs to be immediately recognisable and desirable. The gathering body of research supporting the efficacy of the Peer Support Program provides demonstrable evidence of the significant benefits of the program. Schools throughout NSW, the ACT, Queensland and Tasmania have identified the importance of the Peer Support Program in providing leadership opportunities for students, support for students of all ages in relationship-building and a smoother transition between Primary School and Secondary School. Peer Support Australia anticipates the change in name will be a forerunner to a more National approach to the distribution and implementation of the Peer Support Program. Despite the changes, the commitment to the spirit of the Peer Support Program remains. The continued success of the program is due to the supportive structure created in schools through small groups led by trained student Peer leaders. In Primary Schools, two senior students lead a group of 8-10 mixed aged students through 8 session modules focusing on either relationships, optimism, resilience, anti-bullying or values. All students are involved in the 30 minute sessions for the duration of the program and the process is repeated each year using a different group of Peer leaders and a different module. In Secondary Schools, two trained leaders from Years 10 or 11 lead a group of 8-10 younger students through the transition into their first year at high school. Each module is 8 sessions in length and focuses on either resilience, anti-bullying or values.

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ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE Peer Support Australia has a Board of Directors, 5 fulltime and 2 part time staff. The Peer Support Program was founded by Elizabeth Campbell.

Legal David Stanton Chairman Portfolio - Governance And Human Resources

George Livanes Legal Adviser

Jen Dalitz Director Portfolio - Board Governance

James Dibble Director Portfolio - Technology

Karel Wearne Director Portfolio - Program Development

Brian Halstead Director Portfolio - Risk Management Financial

Cheryl Hayman Director Portfolio - Marketing

Judith Merryweather Director Portfolio - Knowledge Management

Sharon Austin General Manager

Sharlene Chadwick Training and Development Manager

Zoe Dawson Training and Development Consultant

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Kristin Bell Training and Development Consultant (Part-time)

Col Harrison Training and Development Consultant

Josie Gallagher Training and Marketing Administrator

Tasmania Mary Hayward Relationship and Business Development Officer (Part-time)

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REVIEW OF OPERATIONS During 2007-2008, membership continued to show consistent growth. The number of member schools increased from 710 to 825, an increase of 16%. According to the criteria of operational schools, 727 schools are currently operational. This refers to schools: • which have sent a member of staff to an Implementation workshop within the past 5 years and • which have purchased a current module within that time. Over 600 of these are in NSW, with about 65% Primary and 35% Secondary. The number of operational schools is growing in Queensland and Tasmania and both states are on target to meet or exceed expectations. • 25 one day implementation workshops were run in NSW and were attended by 322 teachers, up 29% on the previous year’s figures. • 12 one day implementation workshops were run in 6 separate locations in Queensland and Tasmania. 163 teachers attended these workshops. • 14 anti-bullying workshops were conducted in various locations throughout NSW and the ACT and were attended by 79 teachers. Demand is still far higher for the flexible delivery training following these workshops than it is for whole school training by a consultant. 53 flexible delivery packages were purchased. Training and Development Consultants were also conducting training within the schools and provided an additional • 29 teacher awareness raising sessions, • 20 student awareness raising sessions and • 10 parent awareness raising sessions. The National Safe Schools Framework has now been in place for the past 2 years. Most schools have developed or reviewed their anti-bullying procedures and have strategies in place. As a result there may be a reduced demand for anti-bullying training in the future. This may provide an opportunity to develop a new approach to the issue of bullying behaviours in schools. Three modules were developed during 2007-2008. Secondary values module, Behaving with Integrity, Primary Relationships module, Keeping Friends Primary Orientation module, Getting Started

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Our Chairman, David Stanton, signed the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Commitment to Young Australians on behalf of Peer Support Australia. Peer Support Australia presented at significant workshops held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Tasmania throughout the year and attended the Happiness Conference in May, 2008.

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ocus on Keeping Friends

Keeping Friends was developed throughout 2007-2008 to supersede the previous relationships module; Building Connections. Feedback from teachers who had previously implemented Building Connections identified the importance of focussing on friendships and fairness. As a result, Keeping Friends focuses on maintaining friendships and playing fairly. It also assists students to develop the skills required to say “no” if they do not want to do something a friend asks them to do. The activities in the module provide a number of opportunities for students to practice good friendship skills and inclusive social behaviour. Early feedback has been extremely positive.

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PROGRESS REPORT ON CHALLENGES FOR 2007-2008 • Secure funding for secondary school module focusing on values

Funded by Department of Education Science and Training • Development of secondary school module focusing on values

Developed and published January 2008 • Secure ongoing funding for employment of part-time Training and Development Consultant

Part-time Training Development Consultant employed from June 2007 to March 2008 • Increase or maintain number of schools implementing the Peer Support Program in NSW & ACT

627 schools in NSW & ACT currently implement the program • Secure ongoing funding to supplement three year seed funding for Queensland and Tasmania

Secured one-off funding from Qld Health and currently have business case proposal with Qld & Tasmania Health. Outcome to be advised • Research to be conducted focused on outcomes and efficacy of the Peer Support Program linked

to the Suicide Prevention Project 1700 surveys distributed to schools throughout Australia. 712 responses. Preliminary results available early 2009 • Research to be conducted into Peer Support Foundation’s primary school anti-bullying module

Sharlene Chadwick, Peer Support Australia’s Training and Development Manager undertook a research study in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Professional Education and Training. The research topic was “An examination of the efficacy of Peer Support Australia’s anti-bullying module for primary schools”. Preliminary results are positive and will be published late 2008 • Secure ongoing funding for an annual program development regime

Change of Federal Government stalled this process. Revisiting in 2009 • Review primary Building Connections and Being Positive modules

Review of Building Connections completed. Revised edition titled ’Keeping Friends’. Review of Being Positive in progress & due for completion May 2009 • Secure funding to redevelop website

Funded by James N Kirby Foundation Limited in conjunction with NSW Health • Redevelop website

Successfully redeveloped over a 6-8 month period & now operating. Fine tuning still in progress to fully complete the content • Investigate electronic delivery and e learning technology

Under investigation • Office refurbishment

Completed refurbishment of office carpets, blinds & interior office painting • Continue to develop links with external, not for profit organisations and educational sectors

Participated in fund raising event (Melbourne Cup Lunch) with 5 local children’s charities • Secure funding for development of a Peer Support Program DVD

Successfully secured funding from Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging (DOHA) • Ongoing implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement System

100% completion of Continuous Improvement System. Seeking Accreditation funding

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THE PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

primary modules Primary Schools Manual Includes comprehensive Teacher’s Notes and Getting Started, a 2 session module for schools implementing the Peer Support Program for the first time. The focus is on groups working together and establishing group dynamics. Keeping Friends - Relationships This 8 session module focuses on relationships. Students will develop skills in maintaining positive friendships by learning how to play fairly, accept that friendships change, support each other and acknowledge they have a variety of friends.

secondary modules Secondary Schools Manual Includes comprehensive Teacher’s Notes and Framework for Orientation. Framework for Orientation - Transition This framework will assist Year 7 students to achieve a smoother transition into secondary school. It will help them navigate their new environment and work together to support each other to develop a positive attitude towards high school. The framework is divided into 4 areas: making connections with others; finding my way around school; being organised and balancing and managing my time. The flexible choice of activities makes it ideal to incorporate into existing school orientation programs. Facing our Challenges - Resilience

Being Positive - Optimism This 8 session module focuses on optimism and positive thinking by developing skills and attitudes in young people. The module provides concrete strategies to assist students to respond in an optimistic way when faced with challenges. Taking Opportunities - Resilience This 8 session module focuses on resilience. Students develop skills in coping, resilience, planning and monitoring stress. Students identify their personal strengths, people who can support them and strategies to assist in becoming more resilient. Promoting Harmony - Values

This 8 session module focuses on resilience and equips students with the skills to cope more effectively with new and challenging situations. Skills developed include optimism, empathy, positive self talk, perseverance and resilience. These are valuable tools in assisting students to bounce back and feel positive about their future. Behaving with Integrity - Values This 8 session module focuses on values. Students develop skills in values clarification, relationship building, assertiveness and decision making. Students explore individual and community values within a safe and supportive environment. The core values of respect, responsibility, diversity, inclusion and integrity are blended throughout the module. Students identify ways they can make positive contributions to the wider community.

This 8 session module focuses on values. Students develop skills in values clarification, relationship building, assertiveness and decision making. Students explore individual and community values within a safe and supportive environment. Speaking Up - Anti-bullying This 8 session module is designed, together with whole school staff training, to address the issue of bullying behaviours in a positive way.

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Working through Conflict - Anti-bullying This 8 session module is designed, together with whole school staff training, to address the issue of bullying behaviours in a positive way.

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STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS BEYOND 2008 The next 12 months will be focusing on growth. Col Harrison moves into a new role as Business Development Consultant to manage the expansion into the Northern Territory and Western Australia. This will necessitate the recruitment of another Training and Development Consultant resulting in an increase in the size of the organisation. This project is due for completion by May 2009. The new website will be further developed to allow member schools to access additional support, particularly in the form of electronic versions of awareness raising sessions for both staff and students. There will be a further refinement of the online ordering and registration processes to more efficiently integrate with the accounting system. This project is due for completion by June 2009. Administration and accounting procedures will be streamlined with the development of an integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database and new Accounting package. As this develops, Peer Support Australia will investigate electronic methods of program delivery. A production team has been engaged to develop and produce a promotional DVD to assist in the marketing and promotion of the Peer Support Program. In a number of areas, teachers do not have a clear picture of what the Peer Support Program looks like. The availability of a DVD, with short films directed at different audiences will assist in presenting a clear image of the program. This project is due for completion by March 2009. In response to a request from the Department of Health and Ageing under the Suicide Prevention Initiative, Peer Support Australia will run pilot workshops in Darwin and the Kimberley of WA during 2009. The focus of these workshops is to assess the viability of the Peer Support Program in the NT and WA, particularly in supporting indigenous students. Participating schools will be requested to participate in an evaluation of the program and will have some of their costs subsidised in recognition of this support. This project is due for completion by June 2009. A new Primary module focusing on optimism will be developed to supersede the existing Optimism module; Being Positive. Feedback has already been gathered from teachers who have previously implemented Being Positive. There was an identified need to retain the concepts of positive self talk and teacher-directed meditation. The conceptual framework will be developed in light of some of the research presented at the Happiness Conference in May. This project is due for completion by June 2009. Funding will be sought to support the development of this module. Evaluation of the success of expansion into Queensland and Tasmania will occur as the project concludes in May 2009. An evaluation tool developed by our researcher in consultation with Peer Support Australia will be trialled and used during 2009. This will be a key component of the evaluation report to Department of Health and Ageing following completion of the project. It is anticipated there will be significant interest from schools in the use of an evaluative tool.

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CHALLENGES FOR 2008-2009

Increased national presence by co-ordinating a pilot program in WA & NT on behalf of DOHA

Drive towards increased rates of schools participating in workshops in all states

Development of a Peer Support Program DVD to assist in training and awareness raising

Development of a new Primary School module focusing on optimism

Report to DOHA on success of expansion in Tasmania and Queensland under National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Development of evaluation tool to be made available to schools

Evaluate and review the effectiveness of the existing teacher & student leadership training notes

Review Secondary School resilience module

To develop a future program (module) development agenda – including technology requirements

Comprehensive marketing program that clearly positions and differentiates Peer Support Australia’s program

Ongoing implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement System & Accreditation

Continuous maintenance & updating of the website

Continued IT development

Develop a flexible delivery package for SRC teacher training

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THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS Peer Support Australia would like to extend our thank to the following organisations for their continued support. Government, Corporate and Philanthropic Sponsors 2007-2008 Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Barbara Patterson NSW Health Department Mental Health Coordinating Council Mental Health Council of Australia Catholic Church Insurances James N Kirby Foundation John and Allison Phillips Raymond E Purves Foundation Southside Shipwright Services Trust Company Ltd United Way (Northern Beaches Youth Community Fund) Woodend Pty Ltd Individual Supporters and Rotary Clubs Rotary Club of Burwood Rotary Club of Crows Nest Registered Clubs Many registered clubs throughout NSW and the ACT kindly assist Peer Support Australia with donations through the Community Development and Support Expenditure (CDSE) scheme, complimentary room and equipment hire and catering Members Our members continue to be the lifeblood of Peer Support Australia. We highly value your ongoing support.

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DIRECTOR’S REPORT Activities of the Peer Support Foundation As a not-for-profit organisation, the continuing activities of this company were those of a benevolent foundation, supporting schools in the implementation of the Peer Support Program. The Peer Support Foundation Limited does not have share capital. No debentures were issued during the financial year ended 30th June 2008. Events subsequent to the end of the financial year There does not exist at the date of this report any contingent liability or any charge on the assets securing the liability of any other person which has arisen since the 30th June 2008. No contingent liability has become enforceable, or is likely to become enforceable before or on 30th June 2009 which, in the opinion of the directors, will or may substantially affect the ability of the company to meet its obligations as and when they fall due. Directors’ benefits No director of the company has, either during or since the end of the financial year, received or become entitled to receive a benefit not disclosed in the accounts as directors’ emoluments, by reason of a contract made by the company in which he/she has a substantial interest. Review of operation and results In this financial year, the Peer Support Foundation made a surplus of $398,497.19. This surplus was due to a large unanticipated copying levy and an extended period of understaffing. Significant changes and state of affairs The Peer Support Foundation expanded its operations during this financial year to provide training and workshops in Tasmania and Queensland. These activities have been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. During September 2007 the Peer Support Foundation registered the business name Peer Support Australia. Future Developments and results The Peer Support Foundation will develop ongoing theme specific modules for both Primary and Secondary schools. There will be continued evaluation of new and current modules. A pilot program in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley will commence on 1 July 2008 and will be funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Environmental Issues The Peer Support Foundation’s operations are not regulated by any significant environmental regulation under a law of the Commonwealth or of a state or territory. Directors’ meeting attendance, qualifications and special responsibilities The Peer Support Foundation was well supported by its Honorary Board Members who met on 6 occasions including its AGM. Directors have been in office since the start of the financial year unless otherwise stated. Peer Support Australia Annual Report 2007-2008

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David A Stanton FIA Chairman A subscriber to the formation of the company, Mr Stanton has served as a Director since its formation and was elected Chairman on 17 October 2005. He is Managing Director of David Stanton & Associates Pty Ltd. (Attended 5 Directors’ meetings and 1 AGM) Brian Halstead BE, BEc,CPA Mr Halstead was appointed to the Board in 1999. He was elected Chairman on 16 October 2000 and served until David Stanton’s appointment on 17 October 2005. Prior to retirement he was Chairman of Freightcorp and a Director and Chief Financial Officer for Unilever in Australia and New Zealand. (Attended 4 Directors’ meetings) James E Dibble AM, MBE Mr Dibble retired from the ABC in 1983. Since the formation of the Peer Support Foundation Mr Dibble has served as a Director and past Chairperson. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Warringah and a member of Rotary International District 9680 Public Relations Committee. (Attended 1 Directors’ meeting) Karel Wearne BA, DipEd, MA Appointed a Director in 1990 and Deputy Chairman in October 2000, Ms Wearne is a consultant psychologist, with a background in education. As the Principal of the Wearne Resource Consultancy she provides psychological and career counselling to individuals and groups. Ms Wearne resigned from the Board of Directors at the AGM in October 2007. (Attended 1 Directors’ meeting and 1 AGM) Jennifer Dalitz BA, MBA, CPA Jennifer was appointed to the Board in April 2007. Jennifer has international experience in consulting and professional services and over 10 years experience in Senior Management roles. She is currently a Principal at Dalitz & Associates Business Consultants, a firm specialising in strategy development and implementation within financial services organisations. (Attended 3 Directors’ meetings) Cheryl Hayman BCom Cheryl was appointed to the Board in 2007. Cheryl brings extensive experience in marketing with a variety of corporations, primarily through her role as Marketing Director. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Hayman Strategy which specialises in strategic marketing and business consultancy. (Attended 2 Directors’ meetings and 1 AGM) Judith Merryweather B.Sc FACS Judith was appointed to the Board in 2007. With a background in IT, Judith has worked in consulting and senior corporate roles. As a Principal of Alexer she provides strategic business systems consulting. She is a past Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications. (Attended 5 Directors’ meetings and 1 AGM) Company Secretary The following person held the position of company secretary at the end of the financial year. Sharon Austin has worked for the Peer Support Foundation since 1November 1999 and currently holds the position of General Manager. Indemnifying Officers or Auditor No indemnities have been given or insurance premiums paid, during or since the end of the financial year, for any person who is or has been an officer or auditor of the Peer Support Foundation. Proceedings on behalf of the Peer Support Foundation No person has applied for leave of Court to bring proceedings on behalf of the Peer Support Foundation or intervene in any proceedings to which the Peer Support Foundation is a party for the purpose of taking responsibility on behalf of the Peer Support Foundation for all or any part of those proceedings. The Peer Support Foundation was not a party to any such proceedings during the year. Auditor’s Independence Declaration The lead auditor’s independence declaration for the year ended 30 June 2008 has been received. 14

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