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Call for nominations to the Board of Directors of the Australian Medical Students’ Association Limited (AMSA)

25 Jan 2018

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is the peak representative body for Australian medical students. It has a proud fifty-plus year history as an active and important national voice for medical students. The key mandate of the Association is to connect, inform and represent every one of Australia’s 17,000 medical students.

AMSA advocates on behalf of its students and the community with policy makers and holds a number of events and grassroots projects to engage the medical student body and promote health issues in the community.

AMSA is structured as a public company limited by guarantee. The day- to-day operations of the organisation are managed by a team of volunteer medical students with support from the General Manager. The AMSA Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Company, ensuring its financial viability and managing risk associated with the activities of the Company. The Board is also responsible for human resources and to ensure that AMSA fulfils its legal and financial obligations, including but not limited to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

The Board is comprised of ten directors; four of which are ex-officio positions, consisting of two members of the current Executive and the convenors of the Global Health Conference and National Convention. The remaining six positions are positions for independent non-executive directors who are elected to hold office for a period of two years.

Two (2) positions for an independent non-executive director will become vacant at the General Meeting of the Company during the first Council meeting to be held in Sydney from 23-25 March 2018. These positions are for a term of two consecutive years concluding at the First General meeting in 2020.

To be eligible to nominate as an independent non-executive director, in line with the AMSA Constitution, a nominee must ordinarily reside in Australia and meet the following conditions:

(a) do not hold any other position or role in the Company (AMSA); (b) are independent of management;

(c) are free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with – or could reasonably be perceived to interfere with – the exercise of their unfettered and independent judgement; and

(d) meet any other independence requirements as determined by standards adopted by the Board from time to time; and

(e) meets the criteria to be a Director of a Public Company as specified in the Corporations Act (2001).

It is with great pleasure that AMSA invites you to apply for a position on the AMSA Board of Directors. In order to apply, in the first instance please enquire with the current Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr Tom Morrison who will provide further details on the nomination and election process and arrange a nomination pack to be sent to you.

Applications are due by 11:59pm AEDT 15th February 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the roles of the AMSA Board please contact Dr Morrison, Board Chair, at  tom.morrison@amsa.org.au.

For any questions about the nomination or election process please email the Company Secretary, Mr Roger Buckley at company.secretary@amsa.org.au 

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Published: 25 Jan 2018