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Report on PACFA AGM and Council meeting

In October, PACFA held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) under our new structure. The AGM was a big success thanks to all those who participated.

The AGM is the key annual meeting of PACFA’s new Member Congress and all members of PACFA and PACFA Member Associations who meet the PACFA Training Standard are eligible to attend and vote. The AGM received reports on the activities and achievements of PACFA in the previous financial year. Some of the highlights of the reports were:

  • A review of achievements against PACFA’s 2016-2018 Strategic Plan
  • Research activities including the current Workforce Study, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA), PACFA’s literature reviews and occasional research papers
  • The growth in counselling and psychotherapy training programs accredited by PACFA

Outgoing President Charles Wilson thanked Alison Strasser who was stepping down from the Board and as Professional Practice Committee Chair, and Elizabeth Riley who had finished her term as Ethics Committee Chair. There was a special tribute to Andrew Little, who passed away this year, and who made a significant contribution to PACFA and to the profession.

The AGM received the audited financial statements for the organisation for the year ending 30 June 2016. The accounts showed a small profit for the year, which is very encouraging as it suggests the new PACFA structure is helping to put PACFA into a stronger financial position.

Six Board position are now elected by the Member Congress. A new President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary were elected unopposed and two positions were decided by vote:

  • President – Dr Di Stow
  • Vice President – Rob Salmon
  • Treasurer – George Gintilas
  • Secretary – Don Secomb
  • Psychotherapy Representative – Tara Green
  • Counselling Representative – Pat Bradley

The AGM was followed by a meeting of the PACFA Council which is the peak policy and strategy body for PACFA. Council includes Delegates from PACFA Member Associations and from the new PACFA Colleges and Branches. We also welcomed representatives from PACFA’s Affiliated Organisations as observers. Some of the policy matters considered were:

  • New By-laws detailing the election process for Leadership Groups of Colleges and Branches
  • Redefining PACFA’s Affiliate Member category to make it more inclusive
  • An overview of issues being considered in the review of PACFA’s Training Standards
  • The Stakeholder Forum where all stakeholders have the opportunity to speak about current achievements and challenges.