Gordon Bunyan from Australia is currently a Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for the 2009-2012 triennium. In the past, he has been Chair of the IDF Western Pacific Region (2006-2009).
Mr. Bunyan has been involved in diabetes advocacy for almost as long as he has been living with type 1 diabetes. He has held positions on the Boards of Diabetes Australia since 1976 as a Vice-President and honorary legal counsel of the national organisation, been a Director of the Diabetes Australia Research Trust, a delegate to the IDF Western Pacific Region (WPR) Council since 1989, and a member of the IDF Executive Board and Board of Management since 2005.
Mr Bunyan's interests are diverse, but in his 20 years of involvement with the international diabetes community, he has focused his attention on management and organisational improvements, research funding, particularly in areas which deliver improvements to people with diabetes, and ensuring that people with diabetes and their support networks are properly recognised and represented. His key aim is to ensure a balance between the professional, educational, medical, and scientific arms of IDF, and the interests and needs of people with diabetes.
His work has improved management and governance structures for the Western Pacific Region Council and its business operations, and resulted in an increased involvement and representation of people with diabetes in the activities of the region. Mr. Bunyan played a role in the development of the WPR Diabetes Declaration and, during his time as Chair of the Region, focused on the Declaration as a key mechanism for the promotion and implementation of initiatives to improve the lives of people with diabetes in the WPR. As a member of the IDF Executive Board and Board of Management, Mr. Bunyan has been actively involved in regional and organisational development, including a structural review of the Federation's governance structure. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the IDF BRIDGES translational research grant programme.