On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Julian Burton Burns Trust (Burns Trust) team, I take great pleasure in presenting the Burns Trust Annual Report for 2015/16.
During this financial year we launched some exciting new initiatives including the inaugural National Burns Awareness Month (1-30 June) to raise awareness amongst the Australian community of the correct first aid treatment for minor burns. We also launched the BurnSafe Junior program, an extension of our highly credible BurnSafe Schools Program, designed to tackle the high incidence of burn injury in children under the age of five.
Once again we delivered burn injury prevention education to in excess of 50,000 children and provided over $97,000 in funding through the Clipsal National Community Grants Program for the development of burns prevention initiatives and to advance burns care practices across communities of Australia.
We continued to provide much needed support services to a growing number of burn survivors and their families across Australia, facilitating an Adult Burn Survivor Education & Support Forum in July 2015 and again in June 2016.
In 2015/16 are fundraising focused around two major disaster appeals, the Pinery Bushfires Appeal and Ravenshoe Appeal. Our partners and supporters rallied to raise $55,000 through these two appeals to help the burn survivors and their families affected by these tragedies. We also held two cocktail style fundraising events and engaged our partners through the 2015 "Burn to the Bay".
We are extremely proud of our achievements in 2015/16 and exceptionally proud of what the dedicated Burns Trust team has accomplished. We would like to thank our growing number of partners, supporters and volunteers for their contribution to the Burns Trust. Each is instrumental to our work in reducing the incidence and impact of burn injury across Australia.
Thank you also to the burn professionals across Australia and New Zealand who continue to support and inspire our work and who also willingly impart their knowledge and skills to help us deliver our Care and Support programs.
Finally, on behalf of everyone associated with the Burns Trust, thank you for your continued warmth, care and generosity and enabling our work in the burns community.
Julian Burton OAM
Founder & Executive Chair