DAISI is a small not-for-profit charitable organisation with just over 200 members, all of whom have volunteered with DAISI in the South-Pacific. Most DAISI members are from Australia and New Zealand.
DAISI’s aim is to help its closest South-Pacific neighbours that fall below the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined Poverty Line. This includes Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu.
DAISI’s emphasis is in all areas of health promotion. DAISI has an established Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each of the hospitals it sends volunteers to. The emphasis of visits is to provide requested health care support and training. DAISI also reclaims and sends medical and surgical supplies to the South Pacific.
DAISI is open to membership to any qualified doctor, student doctor, nurse, allied health professional, or non-medical volunteer who has practiced volunteer medical work with DAISI in the South Pacific Islands of the South Pacific that are neither close to Australia and New Zealand or under the Poverty Line do not fall within the scope of DAISI’s objectives.
The primary objective of DAISI® is to empower the people of the South Pacific Islands with an emphasis on health care education, collaboration and a collegiate interaction with existing personnel and infrastructure. Teaching is a fundamental quality emphasised by DAISI®, as the aim is to promote self-sufficiency within the South-Pacific Islands, rather than reliance on foreign medical aid.
Donations received by DAISI® are used to fund volunteer trips to the South-Pacific Islands and to purchase necessary medical equipment or supplies which is then directly given to the people of the South Pacific Islands.
The Constitution of DAISI® provides for five Board Members which include the Chair, Co Deputy Chairs, Secretary and Treasurer who play an important role in the organisation and direction DAISI as well as ensuring good Clinical Governance. The Constitution also provides for twelve Office Bearer positions responsible for day-by-day running of activities. Board Members and Office Bearers are elected every two years.