Elections

Call for Nominations to the General Practice Registrars Australia Ltd (GPRA) Board of Directors 2021/2023 for the position of Voting Member Director and President.

Nominees must read all key documents before nominating.

All nomination documents MUST be received by 5:00 pm (AEST) 21 September 2020.

Background

An opportunity exists for ONE eligible individual to join the General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) Board as the next President. GPRA represents the future of general practice and is the peak, national representative organisation for GP registrars.

The GPRA Board consists of up to five elected Directors. The term of appointment for all these positions is three years. In addition, the Board may appoint up to three directors based on a skills audit, including an independent chairperson.  All GPRA Board Directors are bound to act in the best interests of the Organisation, in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 and the GPRA Constitution. The roles and responsibilities of Directors can be found at the ASIC website and the AICD website. We encourage nominees to visit these websites to gain an understanding of these roles.


About the role of GPRA President

The term of the current President, Dr Sama Balasubramanian, concludes on 31 December 2020.

According to Clause 20(a) of the Constitution, “The Voting Members shall… at each annual general meeting of the Company where the President is due to retire at the beginning of the next calendar year, elect, effective immediately, a President Elect from amongst the Voting Member Directors sitting on the Board at the time of the annual general meeting.”

Current eligible Voting Member Directors on the GPRA Board have all indicated that they are unable to nominate for the position of President Elect. Therefore, the successful candidate will also be accepting nomination as President Elect. A role description for GPRA President is attached.

Please read through the GPRA constitution.


Call for nominations

Due to the conclusion of the current President, there will be one Voting Member Director position available on the GPRA Board commencing in 2021. Election of the new Director will occur via electronic preferential vote. The elected Director will be announced, and then elected to the position of President Elect, at the GPRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held by videoconference on Saturday 24 October 2020.

As such, the new Director will be elected for a three-year term, including a two-year term as GPRA President from 1 January 2021.


Who can nominate?
Any current voting member of GPRA, who is:

  • a GP registrar
    or
  • is a GP who has attained their FRACGP, FARGP and/or FACRRM since 10 October 2018 is eligible to nominate.

How to nominate

You must refer to the GPRA Director Election Guidelines (pdf) for full details of the nomination and election process. In summary, to nominate the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A completed voting member director nomination form, including a declaration of any conflicts of interest, endorsed by two eligible seconders. 
  2. A current CV (one-page maximum).
  3. A candidate statement of 600 words (maximum), detailing why you wish to nominate as a voting member director and be the next GPRA President, and what you would hope to achieve if you were successful. Please refer to the GPRA President role description and include any relevant competencies and experience.
  4. A passport-style photograph of yourself to accompany your candidate statement

    NOTE: Your candidate statement will be distributed to all voting members to inform their electronic voting.

You will also require two seconders for the nomination. These persons must be current voting members of GPRA.

NOTE: The successful candidate will be nominated for the position of President-elect and MUST be willing to accept this nomination and, as a result, commit to a 2-year term as GPRA President from 1 January 2021.


If you are nominating (or are a seconder) and do not know your member number, please email us at enquiries@gpra.org.au or call us on 03 9629 8878.

All nomination documents MUST be received by 5:00 pm (AEST) 21 September 2020, by any of the following means:

  • Email: enquiries@gpra.org.au
  • Fax: (03) 9629 8896 or 
  • Post: GPRA, Suite 1, Level 1, 517 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000

 

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