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CAA Annual Report : 2012 Annual Report
3 Ceo’s report Ms Krystina Brown The year 2011-2012 has been one of the busiest years since I took over the role of CEO in 2001. It has also been one of the most challenging. The company has traded profitably recording an operating surplus after tax of $166,844. The company’s Balance Sheet has remained strong. A history of the Balance Sheet over the last 10 years reveals a steady increase in members’ funds from $441,000 when I commenced my role to $4.3M as at 30 June 2012. For me this is a very pleasing result, given that overall activity has more than doubled over the same period. During this financial year cash management has improved with substantial funds ($4.1M) now held in interest bearing term deposits. The board met face-to-face on six occasions during the year and CAA National convened five Presidents’ meetings and four Executive Officers’ meetings. With Dr Laurie Tassell taking up the role of President in October 2011 there has been a stronger emphasis on communication between the CAA entities. On political, policy and advocacy matters there were four face-to-face meetings with our government relations consultant, Phil Staindl, advancing strategy and discussing political and policy areas where chiropractic required representation. As part of our networking opportunities Dr Simon Floreani attended a Federal Economic Update Dinner in July 2011 and a Boardroom Lunch with The Hon Nicola Roxon, Federal Minister for Health in August. Drs Laurie Tassell and Simon Floreani attended the Progressive Business Annual Dinner in Canberra in November where Phil Staindl arranged for Laurie to be seated next to Nicola Roxon and there was an opportunity for a lengthy discussion on chiropractic. Julia Gillard was the keynote speaker and nearly all her Ministers were present. Laurie also attended the Pre-Budget Dinner in May 2012 and sat with The Hon Tanya Plibersek’s Chief Adviser. These were all very successful networking events towards opening up opportunities for further meetings with Ministers and their advisers. Meetings during the year in Canberra included Angela Koutoulas (Roxon’s Adviser on Wellness & Prevention Issues) – discussions relating to “Healthy Communities Initiative” and the National Preventative Health Agency; Professor Judy Searle, Roxon’s Chief Adviser – discussions relating to Loretta Marron reports/complaints on chiropractic to the Minister, safety & evidence- based practice and the CAA Policy on Vaccination; Ms Delys Heinrich, Director, Primary Health Care Policy Department of Veterans’ Affairs – to provide input on revised provider notes for Allied Health Professions; Bronwyn Taylor (Adviser to the newly appointed Health Minister The Hon Tanya Plibersek) – discussing chiropractic, chiropractors and issues facing the profession including campaigns against chiropractic, chiropractic treatment of children, vaccinations and national registration and composition of the Chiropractic Board of Australia. Dr Bryce Conrad (CAA National Director) represented the chiropractic profession on the National Health Services Group Committee of the TAC (Victoria) and Worksafe on the development of a new Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Allied Health Services. Dr Simon Floreani (CAA National Director) represented the chiropractic profession on the board of Allied Health Professions Australia and on the Health Workforce Australia Standing Advisory Committee for Health Professions which is examining future health workforce issues.
2013 Annual Report