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CAA Annual Report : 2014 Annual Report
1 President's Report Members often question the value of their CAA membership. If you need assurance that your membership is working for you, you only need to look at the last 12 to 18 months -- a challenging time for the chiropractic profession. We faced attacks on numerous fronts but were able to successfully confront our critics and the issues they raised. is was because sound nancial management had enabled us to accumulate su cient reserves to employ the right people to implement e ective public relations and advocacy campaigns. Previous CEO, Andrew McNamara's unique set of skills and experience enabled him to take the CAA to the next level. With the backing of Bevan Lisle, a skilled political lobbyist and media expert, they guided the CAA through this myriad of political and media issues. Together with the appointment of Ronan Lee, a well-known lobbyist, they helped chiropractors successfully network with their local MPs. Dr Sharyn Eaton, who recently left to reignite her academic career, provided the necessary and valuable chiropractic/scienti c expertise. e CAA National has been well served by an extremely professional and hard working sta at Headquarters. e three senior sta members, Glynis Grace, Kim Tompkin and Kim Hall have been outstanding in leading their teams. A testament to the e ciency and competency of all sta was the seamless transition from a full time CEO to a caretaker situation while a new CEO was being appointed. I also need to compliment my fellow board members. e workload this last 12 months has been enormous. e number of new initiatives and programs that has been developed and implemented, or are on their way to being realised, is impressive. NATIONAL RESTRUCTURING e CAA state branches and CAA National have appointed Enterprise Care, an experienced Victorian based company to conduct a review of the CAA organisation with the ultimate goal of restructuring to maximise membership bene ts and services. e state and national presidents received presentations from two companies specialising in this area and made the recommendation that Enterprise Care conduct the review. CEO RECRUITMENT Dr Matthew Fisher was appointed the new CEO of CAA National and commenced work on 4 August 2014. It is an exciting time for the CAA as Dr Fisher is highly experienced; he was previously employed as CEO of a professional health membership organisation. He comes highly recommended with a wealth of relevant experience. We are pleased to be able to formally introduce him to the membership at the NDF in Adelaide. RELOCATION OF HEADQUARTERS e CAA National Headquarters will be relocated to Parramatta by the end of 2014. Parramatta is being promoted as the new business district of Sydney and o ers several advantages for the CAA. ere is a good supply of a ordable, high quality o ce space and importantly, it is accessible for our present sta . A brief of our requirements has been prepared and distributed to several real estate agents. FAIR WORK AUSTRALIA Cornwall Stodart, on behalf of CAA National, will represent members at the Fair Work Commission Four Year Health Sector Award review. In this review, the Commission is able to make changes to any aspect of the modern award. e issues include: • the de nition and use of the term 'ordinary hours' • the span of hours • the de nition of a shift-worker • the de nition of the exibility term • weekend loadings. Dr Lawrence Tassell
2013 Annual Report