AMBA is a fully volunteer run not-for-profit organisation consisting of multiple birth families. With no paid executive staff, AMBA’s board, state/territory bodies and clubs are managed and operated by volunteer parents of multiples from all walks of life and experience.
In order for AMBA to achieve our goals and ensure we are delivering on our priorities, we need the support of our community of volunteers. We achieve all of our goals via an integrated structure between local clubs, state bodies, national project teams and the Board of Directors. AMBA's volunteers work to develop and implement a plan of action that will create a strong national organisation, ensuring we continue to improve health outcomes for multiple birth families.
Board of Directors
As a company limited by guarantee, AMBA is required by law to maintain a Board of Directors. The AMBA Board of Directors is a hybrid model of a typical board and an executive management team, known as a working board. Traditional boards are governing boards - you see those in larger charities with paid staff and in companies limited by guarantee, which is also what AMBA is. Governing boards work at a higher level, focused only on the big picture and they work as a collective body, delegating managerial tasks to paid staff within the organisation. AMBA directors are both, actually implementing those strategies ourselves. AMBA's federated member-club model requires our board to take on all roles of providing leadership and strategy, setting and maintaining vision, mission and values and ensuring compliance with governing documents.
Our mission is to enable positive health outcomes, awareness and equality for multiple birth families through advocacy, education and community.
The grassroots purpose of the Australian Multiple Birth Association is to provide support from 'those who know'. By focusing on improving health outcomes for multiple birth families and by providing local, practical support, we stay aligned to our mission and can work to deliver the impact we strive for.
To be the leading resource for multiple birth families in Australia for social support, literature and educational information.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association is classified by the Australian Not for Profit and Charities Commission (ACNC) under Advancing Health and Health Promotion Charity subtypes. Programs and services offered by the Australian Multiple Birth Association are aligned with the purpose of these subtypes to ensure that our organisational activities will result in the outcomes we seek for our families.
Amongst plenty of positive experiences and the joys of raising multiples, the multiple birth community also face challenging realities such as poorer health outcomes for mothers and babies. Health is not just the absence of disease, but encompasses a holistic view of positive physical, mental and social well-being. As the only national charity supporting multiple birth families, it is the role of the Australian Multiple Birth Association to work towards a world where multiple birth families experience positive health outcomes, where the community around them are aware of the issues they face, and that multiples and their families are treated fairly without prejudice.
Sustaining our impact.
Our mission makes it clear where we must focus our attention to ensure the strongest impact.
AMBA illustrated work towards our new mission via an updated strategy that the Board of Directors presented at National Convention in 2018. It has been refined a bit since, as our collective insights as a board have broadened, individual experiences have influenced us and we have gained more insights into the reality of AMBA’s potential impact.
Read more about how our mission comes to life, everyday.
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