The 2021 PATHA Annual General Meeting will be held via online video call from 1-3pm on Saturday the 19th of June, 2021. At this meeting, we will be electing members to the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and up to four general Executive Committee members. We are seeking nominations for these positions. All of these positions are voluntary and unpaid.
PATHA is an interdisciplinary professional organisation that works to promote the health, wellbeing, and rights of transgender people. We are a group of people working professionally on transgender health in clinical, academic, community, legal, and other settings. We envision an Aotearoa New Zealand where all transgender people have full access to appropriate healthcare, and that all healthcare providers have access to information and resources which enable them to provide appropriate healthcare. You can read PATHA’s full vision and purposes here.
At present, PATHA is run entirely by volunteers and governed by an Executive Committee. Some of PATHA’s work is undertaken by committees - the Policy and Advocacy Committee and Education Committee - that have active participation by non-Executive Committee members.
The PATHA Executive Committee has a friendly and collaborative atmosphere and is made up of a diverse group of transgender and cisgender people with a shared passion for transgender health. We have a range of professional and volunteer affiliations and experience working in relevant fields. We aim to have an Executive Committee that is ethnically, geographically, and professionally diverse. PATHA strives to uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
PATHA Executive Committee members are expected to:
- participate in Executive Committee meetings;
- actively contribute to working towards of PATHA’s vision and purposes;
- complete action items between meetings; and
- be able to commit to an average of two to three hours of work per week.
During meetings, each Executive Committee member is expected to:
- be prepared and have read background information sent to Executive Committee members about the issues being discussed;
- actively participate in the meeting;
- interact with fellow Executive Committee members in a respectful and constructive manner; and
- take responsibility for completing specific action items.
In addition, the President, Vice-President and Secretary have the following responsibilities:
The President is responsible for: overseeing PATHA’s operation and ensuring its Rules are followed, convening and chairing meetings including the Annual General Meeting, and providing a report on PATHA’s operations at each Annual General Meeting.
The Vice-President is responsible for: assisting the President with their responsibilities, including stepping into the role of the President and chairing meetings in the event of the President being absent or unable to fulfil their duties.
The Secretary is responsible for: recording the minutes of meetings; overseeing the register of members; maintaining PATHA’s records and documents; and receiving and replying to correspondence.
The PATHA Executive Committee holds monthly meetings via videoconference. These meetings typically last 90 minutes and are held on weekday evenings. Executive Committee members are expected to attend meetings regularly. Executive Committee members are also expected to actively contribute to the achievement of PATHA’s vision and purposes by completing specific activities in their own time.
You must be a PATHA member to apply for these positions.
We encourage people with the following skills and experiences to stand for these positions:
- Have a demonstrated commitment to, and knowledge of, transgender health and healthcare
- Have knowledge of Māori and Pasifika models of transgender health
- Possess a collaborative, collegial working style
- Have strong communication skills
- Be well connected with with transgender communities and/or health providers working with transgender communities
- Have a strong understanding of the breadth of factors that influence transgender people’s health and well-being, and of diversity within transgender communities
A range of skills are necessary to ensure a smoothly functioning Executive Committee. These include: legal skills, accounting / finance skills, fundraising, media relations and communications strategy, and knowledge of regulations governing incorporated societies.
PATHA’s rules require that the mix of Officers and Executive Committee members should demonstrate a partnership between cisgender and transgender people, and between Māori and non-Māori, working professionally on transgender health, whether in clinical, academic, community, legal or other settings. We aim to have an Executive Committee that is ethnically, geographically, and professionally diverse. As part of our desire for geographical diversity, we are particularly interested in nominations from people living in the South Island, and as part of our desire for professional diversity, we are particularly interested in nominations from people with primary care experience.
Executive Committee term lengths are two years.
How to Apply
To nominate yourself for one or more of these positions, please fill out the online form here by 5pm, Monday June 14th.