The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to fill the role of Ordinary Member on our Branch Committee of Management (BCOM).

Our Junior Vice President, Rebecca Barnden, consequent to study and family commitments, has recently had to resign her position on the committee.

Rebecca joined BCOM in early 2013 and immediately took up the enormous challenge we faced at that time. Bec was never backward in asking the difficult questions and putting her thoughts to the committee—her intellect, commitment and expertise will be missed.

Casual Vacancies are filled either by a formal election process and conducted by the AEC (where the unexpired portion of the term of office exceeds three years) or via an expression of interest process (where the unexpired portion of the term of office does not exceed three years).

VAHPA members are at all times advised of Casual Vacancies via our website, print publications (where relevant) and via email and/or text message.

All members interested in being a representative for your colleagues on BCOM should lodge an expression of interest (see below for further information).

VAHPA is a democratic community of allied health professionals. All members of BCOM are allied health professionals; we work together to further the interests of allied health professionals across Victoria. All financial members have the right to seek a position on the committee.

Those interested should acquaint themselves with all aspects of the Rules but in particular should be familiar with the structure and roles of BCOM. See the Rules of the HSU (particularly Part C – Branch Organisation).

BCOM is obliged to fill the casual vacancy created by Rebecca’s departure in a timely manner. We are thus seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from the membership—please email EOIs to Applications close at COB 10 November.

The Committee will consider all EOIs at the 15 November meeting. Appointment will be based on a range of factors from governance experience to profession and sector, from knowledge of financial management to expertise in industrial relations.

Expressions of Interest should, at the minimum, cover the following areas:

  • Profession
  • Employer
  • Industrial relations and bargaining experience
  • Previous experience with boards
  • Experience with financial management
  • Views on representative democracy and collective action
  • Knowledge of the Health Services Union

EOIs should be between 500 and 1000 words.