An important reform proposed for the governance of the AMA will be put to members for their vote at the Annual General Meeting in May.
The current constitution of Australian Medical Association Limited has served the AMA reasonably well for many years with occasional updates and amendments to meet changing needs. However, in the past few years, the governance arrangements for the AMA have weighed heavily with their inflexibility and over-sized governance board.
Federal Council has 34 members who represent AMA members through State and Territory AMAs, specialty groups, and special interest groups. The Council provides a good representational base for the formulation of, and debate on, policies that affect the great diversity of the membership. It is less appropriate for the corporate governance of the company, Australian Medical Association Limited. The members of Federal Council are constrained by having to act in the best interests of the company, rather than having the freedom to represent an interest group.
For some time, Federal Council has been considering the optimal arrangements to build a more agile and sustainable organisation for the future.
At its meeting in November 2013, Federal Council agreed unanimously to proceed with a new corporate structure and to unanimously recommend to members that they adopt the proposed structure.
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