Revised Constitution for ACHS voted by Council

Following a Special General Meeting on Thursday 22 June, ACHS has a revised Constitution to reflect its position as a dynamic not-for-profit organisation in the health sector.

The ACHS Council and Board of Directors were asked to vote on the revised Constitution, with a unanimous result in its favour.  The new Constitution replaces the existing one, which had only had minor modifications to it since it was introduced in 2005.

“With the unanimous endorsement by the Council, ACHS now has a contemporary Constitution in line with modern business practices,” said President of the ACHS Board, Professor Len Notaras AM.  “This gives us an important foundation to continue to be an adaptive organisation and move towards a smaller governance entity.”

Two important outcomes are the move towards a more evenly-based representative voting system for the Council and to a more skills-based Board in the future.

“In noting where similar sized not-for-profit organisations in this sector are at, it became timely to address some of the previous shortcomings.  The Council has sought to ensure better clarity in the amended Constitution, as well as comprehensively address 10 key governance, business and Council function issues.

“We believe the new Constitution accurately reflects the intent and the direction of the business which remains focused on strengthening safe, quality healthcare by continuously advancing standards and education nationally and internationally,” Professor Notaras said.

“The ACHS Board believes that the revised Constitution provides greater clarification of the role of Council and significantly more equitable ‘power’ with regard to the election of the Board.” ACHS CEO Dr Christine Dennis concluded.

Last Review Date 27 June 2017

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