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CAA Annual Report : 2012 Annual Report
1 president’s report It is ten years since I was last President of the CAA National. I have been astonished at the increased complexity of the role and the corresponding time commitment it requires, not only from me but other board members. There appears to be several reasons for this: an increase in the association membership; national registration; significantly increased interaction with government and other health care organisations; increased scrutiny from special interest groups and the pressure on the profession to adopt an evidence based approach to practice. Board members are now expected to be working directors committing not only to attending board meetings but managing a portfolio of activities that requires a substantial time investment. On average board members would typically commit one day per week to their portfolios. This not only comes at a significant cost financially, but also directly affects their personal lives. Each board member makes a unique contribution to representing your interests. They don’t do it for the recognition it brings but for a genuine love of the chiropractic profession and to help create a better working environment for all members. As chairman of the board I am in a unique position to observe the contribution of each director and I could not be more impressed by their collective intelligence and industriousness. I take this opportunity to formally thank each director for their contribution to the functioning of the board and the profession. In a similar way the pressure has increased enormously on Krystina Brown and CAA National staff. The CEO’s role has become increasingly complex. We have been fortunate to have Krystina with her intimate knowledge of chiropractic and the key stakeholders in this crucial role. With her imminent retirement, NDF 2012 will give us an opportunity to recognise her enormous contribution to the CAA. Working closely with several staff members has given me an appreciation of their efforts to ensure the smooth operation of head office. As chairman of the board I have worked closely with Kim Tompkin, whose efficiency and thoroughness has contributed enormously to the proper functioning of the CAA National Board. Over the last twelve months we have met challenges on several fronts. These have included: • Loretta Marron and The Friends of Science in Medicine It is sometimes difficult to know exactly how to react to their attacks on the profession. We have been able to neutralise their submissions to Canberra by meeting directly with all political parties. This has been possible through the employment of a well-connected political lobbyist. In the media it is more difficult. The advice we have received is to ignore their media releases as much as possible to not lend credence to their ill-informed criticisms of the profession. To respond directly risks giving them unwarranted credibility. Our advice has been to be more proactive and less reactive. However when approached by the media to comment on their criticisms, we have done so. The general consensus is that we have responded professionally and positively. The public relations company we employ has been a great help in this process. • The retirement of Krystina Brown Krystina’s contract expired at the end of June 2012 and she has made the decision to retire. We are grateful that she was willing to extend her contract for six months to give us time to recruit a new CEO. Wentworth Advantage conducted the recruitment process in a most professional manner and the quality of the applicants was outstanding. Dr Lawrence Tassell
2013 Annual Report