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The AGM was held last Monday, 22 October 2018. Thank you to the members who attended, sent in a Proxy and who sent in their apologies. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.
For those of you who were unable to attend please find below the President’s Report presented at the AGM, and also a copy of the draft minutes of the AGM 2018.
Prior to the election, a motion to simplify the election procedure was proposed and accepted by members in attendance.
The proposal was that where there are more nominees than positions available and an election is required, members only need to vote for their preferred candidates for those positions. Those candidates who receive the highest number of total votes will be elected to the NHAA Board. If there is a tie for the last elected Director position another single vote will be required.
2018-2020 NHAA Board of Directors
As a result of a ballot the elected candidates to fill the four (4) Executive Director positions are as follows;
Congratulations! The above will join the 2018-2019 Board of Directors; Natalie Cook, David Casteleijn, Diana Bowman & Kathleen Murphy.
Thank you to all members who were nominated and to those members who nominated you. The strength of the NHAA is in its members and their commitment to the growth and future of the Association.
The Board (and subcommittees) are made up of passionate members who have a broad set of skills, knowledge and expertise. Board profiles and photos will be updated on our website in the next month.
Upcoming Annual General Meeting
Our Board elections will take place at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 22 October 2018 at 7.30pm (AEDT). The AGM will be conducted online via a webinar to allow more members to participate.
Daylight savings time impact
Please find below a break-up of the AGM time for each State as a reminder to login:
* Webinar *
To join the webinar, please click on the following link:
Enter your email address and name in the boxes in the lower part of the screen and press the JOIN button immediately next to the boxes.
Proposed Constitutional Change to simplify the election procedure
Following the challenges experienced in the exhaustive ballot election process at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, the NHAA Board is proposing to simplify the election process so it is easier for members to:
The NHAA Board is proposing that where there are more nominees than positions available and an election is required, members only need to vote for their preferred candidates for those positions. Those candidates who receive the highest number of total votes will be elected to the NHAA Board. If there is a tie for the last elected Director position another single vote will be required.
To implement this process requires a change to the current Constitution. The proposed clauses to be changed are outlined in the 2018 Annual General Meeting agenda.
Should the members approve the changes by attending the AGM at the time the meeting is held or by proxy, the election process will proceed via the new simplified format.
Should the members decide not to approve the change in the election process, the NHAA Board will proceed with the election process according to the current exhaustive ballot election process.
Below are the results of the call for nominations to be voted on at the AGM and the Proxy Form is attached for those members who wish to vote but cannot be present at the AGM.
2018-2020 NHAA Board of Directors
Five nominations were received to fill four Executive Director positions. The nominations received are as follows:
Members will be asked to elect four Executive Director positions from these five nominations. Information about each candidate’s career and reasons for nominating are provided above.
The remainder of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019 will be made up as follows:
All full, fellow and honorary life members of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia Pty Ltd are entitled to vote. Such members may appoint a proxy to attend the meeting in their place but such proxy must be a full member or fellow or honorary life member of the Association.
To appoint a proxy the signed and completed form (attached) must be received by the Secretary by 7.30pm Saturday, 20 October 2018 via:
We are not yet halfway through the year and already 2018 has thrown some challenges in the direction of our profession. Much of the work the board undertakes in responding to these issues is relatively unseen, as we lobby, respond, meet with and write to key stakeholders. Worse than being unseen is when misinformation is speculated or shared on social media, so I will be providing more regular updates on what the NHAA board is doing to grow awareness and understanding of what we do — not only to represent the best interests of our members, but the naturopathic and herbalist professions more broadly.
Original release 18 June 2018, UPDATED 24 June 2018
Has there been a recent change to the Scheduling of arbutin and arbutin-containing herbs?
No. The change occurred in 2010. There is a TGA administrative follow-through on previous Scheduling decisions about the chemical substance hydroquinone and related substances found in certain herbs. Arbutin is included as a cross-reference to hydroquinone in the Appendices to the Poisons Standard and is affected by this follow-up. Therefore, the TGA is correct in communicating there is ‘no change’ in the Scheduling of arbutin-containing herbs per se. What has changed, is the TGA’s follow through and further analysis on arbutin-containing herbs, such as Arctostaphylosuva-ursi folium (bearberry leaf) and Turnera diffusa folium (damiana leaf), and how they are to be captured by this rescheduling...