Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the NHAA exists to directly support the membership and implement the policy and aims of the Association. Achieving this requires considerable decision making, strategy direction and ensuring of outcomes in many different areas from education, seminars and conferences, media and marketing, membership issues, to governance, law and ethics, government liaison (at the state, federal and even international level) and industry cooperation.

Each Board member is an elected representative of the membership and works in a voluntary capacity. Elections take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association and all Full members of the NHAA are eligible to vote.

Board Members Advisory Committee 

The Board Members Advisory Committee assists the Board, with one of it's major responsibilities being recruitment to the Board. It is the responsibility of NHAA members to elect the Board. However as the Board’s tasks change and become ever more complex, the NHAA also needs to ensure that procedures are in place that will enable it to access members with the right mix of experience, skills and interests for Board positions, both to fill interim vacancies and to stand for election at AGMs.

Read the Board Members Advisory Committee Charter

How the Board Works

The entire Board meets two to three times a year. The Examiners often meet more frequently, and various Subcommittees may meet as required. However most of the work of the Board is accomplished between these meetings via email, telephone and Skype. This allows the Board members, who are spread throughout Australia, to work together effectively.

The time commitment varies according to each Board position and the types and number of projects on the agenda. Subcommittees are commonly formed to distribute work related to certain short or long term projects. 

Standing for Election

If you are a Full member of the NHAA, would like to be involved in the direction of herbal medicine in Australia, and believe that you have the skills and dedication to contribute to the Board of Directors, you could stand for nomination for a Board position.

All Full members (from anywhere in Australia) are eligible for nomination to a Board position. Elections occur at the Annual General Meeting of the NHAA, and all Full Members have voting rights. 

Board positions are voluntary with each elected Board Member serving a two year term. Individuals wishing to serve longer are required to stand for re-election at the end of each two year term.

The requirements for an NHAA Board Member are as follows:

  • Full Membership of the NHAA.
  • Commitment and dedication to herbal medicine and the membership of the NHAA.
  • Two year commitment.
  • Attendance at the face to face Board meetings (usually in Sydney).
  • Prompt and timely responses to email communication and preparation for Board meetings by preparing and uploading reports 7 days before the meeting and reading all Board reports prior to the meeting.
  • Computer and internet literacy.

In the event of situations such as ill health, a Board Member may choose to stand down before the end of their two year term. In this case the Board may choose to appoint a casual replacement to hold the position until the following AGM.

If you are interested in standing for the Board of Directors, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Positions on the Board

The following is a brief description of the Board of Directors of the NHAA. 

The Board comprises 8 elected Directors on equal rotating terms of 2 years, and up to 2 appointed Directors.

Following the Annual General Meeting, the 8 elected Directors will elect the President, Vice President and Treasurer with each operating on equal rotating terms of 2 years, the President and Vice President being elected in alternate years.

For more details read the Board Members Position Background and Position Descriptions


Responsible for the strategic direction of the NHAA and management of the Association's political and media activities.

Vice President

Directly assists the President and manages and guides various high level projects for the Association.


Responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the Association.

Directors (maximum of 5 positions)

Various areas of involvement including ethics, media and public relations, regulation, education, government submissions, information technology, event management and more.