The HSU SA/NT is run by and for its members. The committee of management is the body responsible for the overall management of the branch and is comprised of members elected every four years. The branch also participates in two bodies that govern the affairs of the national union: National Council and National Executive.
Committee of Management
The HSU SA/NT Committee of Management is the body responsible overall for the management and control of the affairs of the union. The roles and function of the management committee are determined by the rules of the union.
All members of the management committee are elected by the HSU SA/NT membership every four years. It consists of seven union officers and five ordinary members of the Branch Committee.
The seven officers of the union on the management committee are the President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Senior Vice-President, Junior Vice-President and two Trustees.
The Committee of Management meets at least four times a year. Some key functions of the committee include developing strategies and campaigns that improve member’s conditions of employment as well as scrutinise, review and approve expenditure.
From time to time it establishes sub-committees around specific projects or issues.
The following people comprise the current Committee of Management.
Jorge Navas: State Secretary & National Council Delegate
Hajisa Teague: Assistant Secretary, (Imaging Specialist)
Anthony Hewitt: President, (Physiotherapist)
Bruno Sonza: Vice-President, Australian Clinical Labs (Scientist)
Polly Paerata: Ordinary Committee Member, Aboriginal Health Council SA (CQI Coordinator)
John Hristopoulos: Ordinary Committee Member, SA Health (Radiographer)
Lesley Dummin: Ordinary Committee Member, Breast Screen SA (Radiographer)
Lida Sam: Ordinary Committee Member, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (Occupational Therapist)
Catherine Painter: Ordinary Committee Member, SA Health (Dietitian)
National Council is comprised of delegates from each branch of the HSU. Every four years delegates are directly elected by members of each branch. The number of delegates for each branch is determined by the number of members in that branch. Only National Council has the power to alter the rules of the union and they are also responsible for electing the National Officers of the union. The HSU SA/NT has one delegate.
The HSU National Executive governs the union between National Council meetings. National Executive meets at least six times a year and is comprised of the National Officers of the union and the Secretaries of each of the nine HSU branches. In the case where a Branch Secretary is also elected as a National Officer, the Assistant Branch Secretary carries the votes of their branch.