NZASA’s Executive Board is made up of a maxium of 10 members who are qualified in acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine. Some of the Executive also have professional backgrounds in other health modalities along with legal and translation professions which further serve the needs of the NZASA membership.
The Executive Board meets bi-monthly, and if required on a monthly basis. The meetings provide the opportunity to discuss and resolve queries from members as they arise, and to develop how NZASA serves its members. The Executive continues to work towards the recognition of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) as a health profession under the HPCA Act.
NZASA is a cost-effective organisation and keeps its fees to a minimum level. All fees, including Annual Practising Certificate fees, are reviewed yearly by the NZASA Executive Board.
Executive Board members are paid a $1.50 a day honorarium for their services ($547.50 per year each) and appropriate fees for attending meetings. There are no other expensive charges for Executive meetings, or for mortgages or any other costs not directly related to serving the professional needs of members. All overheads are kept to a minimum. See the Membership pages for fees. The only regular paid position is that of the Registrar.
Each member of the Executive Board is required to take responsibility for a specific portfolio. Details are as follows.
Portfolio: Allied Health Representative
Representative: Wendy Reynolds - Wellington
The NZASA allied health representative will:
Portfolio Promotions and Marketing Representative
The NZASA promotions and marketing representative will:
Portfolio: ACC Representative
Representative: Blair Firmston - Auckland
The NZASA ACC representative will:
Portfolio: Chinese Medicine Regulation
Representative: Karen Lawton (Registrar) - Auckland
The NZASA Chinese medicine representatives (singly or together) will:
Portfolio: Legal Advisor
Representative: Jeff Silver (Chairman) - Christchurch
The NZASA Legal Advisor will:
Portfolio: Chinese Medicine Reviewer (Cochrane, NICE et al)
Representative: Tracey Lindsay - Wellington
The NZASA Chinese medicine and research reviewer will:
NZASA Supplementary Support to the Executive Board
The NZASA Executive Board is assisted by several ‘off committee’ representatives. Currently this covers:
NZASA utilises the skills of several trained Assessors to undertake Clinic Inspections and Professional Visits as well as random (and other) audits.
The AGM is usually held within four months of the end of the financial year (which runs from 1st April to 31st March). The Chairman’s Report, Financial Report and General Matters are reported to members at this meeting.
Members are given a minimum of 21 days notice of the AGM date, and all members are welcome to attend. Any changes to NZASA’s Constitution, Ethics, Standards etc, must be tabled before the 21 day notice period.
NZASA’s Executive is always working to improve its general and website services to its members within the bounds of its role as a registration authority. If you have any feedback for the NZASA Executive, please submit that here.