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The Surgical Interest Network

Position Title: Chairperson



Position Purpose:
The Surgical Interest Network (SurgIN) Chairperson is the leading figure of SurgIN, and is responsible
for the pursuit of the Committees goals and vision. In the near future, this person will manage a
SurgIN Committee, and have much more greatly defined roles. Currently, as SurgIN, is such a young
organisation that is constantly growing, it is difficult to put specific roles and responsibilities in here
for the Chairperson.
Reporting Relationships:
Direct Report(s):
The Chairperson will report their activities to the surgical society Presidents, who are the active
members of SurgiN, and will require the approval of the majority of the members in undertaking
significant activities that impacts SurgIN as an organisation.
Key Contacts:
External:
The Chairperson will be involved in meeting relevant external stakeholders, such as the Royal College
of Surgeons (particularly the Academic Section), sponsors, health organisations, and the like.
Internal:
The Chairperson will have close contact with every President. Further, as SurgIN is a Committee of the
Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA), the Chairperson retains close contact with a single
member of AMSA.

Key Accountabilities
1. Give direction and provides leadership to the achievement of SurgINs goals and objectives
2. Ensures that the surgical societies are connected with each other
3. Foster relationships with key stakeholders
4. Create a vision and plan for SurgIN with key stakeholders








The Surgical Interest Network
Key Accountability 1
Give direction and provides leadership to the achievement of SurgINs goals and objectives
Key activities:
- Ensure all of SurgINs activities correspond
with the agreed philosophy, mission and
strategy set
- Coordinate strategic planning meetings with
selected members
- Promote the goals and vision/mission of
SurgIN widely
Key outcomes:
- Organise strategic planning meetings
- Openly discuss strategy and goals of the
organisation with the members
- Openly outline Goals and mission/vision of
SurgIN to members

Key Accountability 2
Ensures that the surgical societies are connected with each other
Key activities:
- The Chairperson is the Chair of all
Committee meetings
- The Chairperson must arrange regular
meetings with Committee members to
ensure that the surgical societies retain
strong contact with each other, with a free-
flow exchange of information and resources
- The Chairperson must work with the surgical
societies as a group, and individually, to
advance each objectives.
Key outcomes:
- Arranging at least 4 SurgIN meetings per year
- Instigation of individual Committee member
meetings for initial consultation and where
needed from then



Key Accountability 3
Foster relationships with key stakeholders
Key activities:
- There are a number of key stakeholders that
SurgIN must maintain a close working
partnership with:
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
(RACS) especially the Academic Section
- Australian Medical Students Association
(AMSA)
- New Zealand Medical Students Association
(NZMSA)
Key outcomes:
- Ensure semi-regular contact with RACS
nominated contact person
- Ensure constant contact with AMSA
nominated contact person
- Ensure engagement with AMSA Council
meetings
- Ensure contact with NZMSA






The Surgical Interest Network
Key Accountability 4
Create a vision and plan for SurgIN with key stakeholders
Key activities:
- Read and be familiar with the Associations
Incorporated Regulation 1999, the
Associations Incorporation Act 1981, the
Corporations Act 2001 (Pages 127-366 are
the only relevant), along with other relevant
legislation
- Read and be inherently familiar with SurgINs
Rules & Regulations and Constitution
- Engage with key stakeholders, past
Chairpersons, and the SurgIN Committee in
forming a direction and plan for the
organisation going forward
Key outcomes:
- Read the stated documents
- Production of a strong vision in the first 3
months of the year.



Date of revision: December 2015