Following many years of consultation and several weeks of extraordinary general meetings, the results on the proposed CAA Restructure are in – a unanimous ‘yes’ vote across all nine entities.
The proposal was to restructure the CAA federation, comprising nine separate legal entities (National and State/Territory Branches), into a single-entity association. All resolutions were successfully passed and we are truly excited to be able to move forward with one strong voice as the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA).
From our perspective, the combined diligence of the Transition Committee and the Boards of all nine entities meant that not only a unanimous decision was achieved, but the level of engagement with members and the clear ‘yes’ vote made this a conclusive decision for our future.
“This positive result triggers the action to change the constitution of CAA National and bring about the ACA. The changes will take a little time to implement and we anticipate that the change-over will be in place for 1 July 2018” says CAA National President Dr Andrew Lawrence.
The new Board of the ACA will meet for the first time on the weekend of 2-3 June in Melbourne and will begin implementing the processes of change, including setting uniform fees for all members and the establishment of regional committees.
“Now the work to realise the vision and proposal put to members begins in earnest. This is to achieve strong member engagement and local action supported by decisive national direction and leadership” says CAA CEO Dr Matthew Fisher.
“We intend to be a more member-centric organisation (akin to members being patient-centric health professionals) that actively works in a coordinated way to further the profession of chiropractic. The profession in turn, contributes to the health and wellbeing of Australians which we are seeking to promote.”
While there will be a transition period for the nine CAA entities to restructure into the ACA, it will be ‘business as usual’ as we continue supporting chiropractors and enhancing health.