The association relies on the enthusiasm and commitment of its members, and we welcome all members who would like to contribute. If you are interested in joining any of our committees, working parties, or even the Board, please email Mischka Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chair of the particular committee will receive and review all requests. If vacancies do not exist when your email is received, your details will be kept on record and considered when vacancies do become available.
Nominations for Board positions are sent out along with the notice of the Annual General Meeting each year. All members are welcome to nominate themselves or another member.
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the full membership. Nominees to the Board must hold a Full Membership of the ASA. Any Full Member is entitled to nominate for the Board, although prior to doing so they would normally have served on one of the Committees, Subcommittees and/or Working Parties.
New Zealand Branch
The New Zealand Branch of ASA was established in October 2012. The NZ Branch Executive Committee manages the affairs of the NZ Branch. Call for nominations for membership of the Executive Committee are made annually. The nominees and those nominating them must be current financial members of the Australasian Sleep Association and be residing in New Zealand.
The ASA Board forms six standing Committees. Each committee has at least one Board director who would normally chair the committee. Members are invited by the Chair to join a Committee. This may be someone who has been identified as having expertise in a particular area, someone who has expressed an interest and has served on a subcommittee or working party, or someone who has been selected from members who have responded to a call for Expressions of Interest.
Sub-committees are established with the aim of working on a particular issue. They report to one of the standing Committees and the sub-committee chair will generally attend the relevant Committee meeting. Current sub-committees are:
Education: GP, Nursing, Pharmacy, Behavioural Management of Sleep Disorders, Advanced Trainee
Membership: Subcommittee of ASA Councils, Indigenous Sleep Health
Clinical: Sleep Service Accreditation Advisory, Medicine
Working parties are established for a set term to undertake a particular task such as writing guidelines and developing submissions in response to calls from governments for issues relevant to the ASA. These have fixed terms, and are dissolved when tasks assigned to them are completed.
Members are invited to sit on sub-committees and working parties based on their interests and expertise. Expressions of interest to sit on committees or working parties are regularly circulated to the membership.
Councils are based around the special interests of members, with a purpose of sharing knowledge and support among members with similar professional interests. Councils also contribute content to the conference, educational, clinical and research activities of the ASA in their particular area of expertise. Currently there are ten councils: Primary Care, Sleep Physicians, Surgery, Occupational Health, Strategy and Performance, Respiratory, Paediatric, Neuroscience, Insomnia, Dental Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology.
All members are encouraged to belong to at least one Council, and can select which councils they want to participate in on their sign-up/renewal forms each year.
Councils meet at least once per year at the Sleep DownUnder conference, where two Co-Chairs are elected.