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CONSTITUTION of the ASIAN AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS
ARTICLE I – Name
This organization shall be known as the ASIAN AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS,
(Hereinafter designated as ”The Society”.
ARTICLE II – Purpose
The purpose of the Society shall be the advancement of neurological surgery in all of its aspects
A. Facilitating the personal association of neurological surgeons in Asia and Australasia
B. Developing training programs for neurological surgeons.
C. Aiding in the development of neurosurgical services in developing countries within the scope of this organization.
D. Fostering and aiding research in neurological surgery and allied sciences.
A primary means of achieving these purposes shall be the holding of the Asian Australasian Congress of Neurological Surgery (hereinafter designated as “Congress”), at intervals of four years. Arrangements may be made for related scientific groups to participate in these meetings, whenever the Society deems that such participation may contribute to the purposes stated in the Constitution.
The Society may engage in such other activities as are appropriate to its purpose at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
The Society is a not for profit organisation of the neurosurgical societies of Asia and Australasia, viewed as either a geographical or cultural entity and of individual members. As one of the continental associations, the Society is a member of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS). The Society may make proposals to and receive suggestions from the WFNS.
ARTICLE 3 – Membership
All members must be Neurological Surgeons.
Associate Membership may be conferred on medical practitioners in fields related to neurological surgery who are elected by the Executive Committee.
All National Neurosurgical Societies of countries from Asia and Australasia, who are members of the WFNS, are members of the Society. Additional Countries may be added to the Society on a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee may elect to confer honorary membership to any person who has made a distinguished contribution to the purposes of the Society
ARTICLE 4 – Officers
The Officers of the Society shall be as follows:-‐
a. Honorary Presidents
c. Two Vice-‐Presidents d. Secretary-‐General
f. Chairperson of the Asian Australasian Congress
Qualifications, Elections, Duties of Officers.
All officers of the Society shall be active neurological surgeons or as may be otherwise provided in the Society Bylaws.
The election or appointment of all and any other officers and their terms of office, duties, functions, authorities, and responsibilities as officers shall be as provided in the Society Bylaws.
ARTICLE 5. – Committees
Section 1. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of all the officers of the Asian and Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons together with two delegates designated by their respective national neurosurgical societies/organsiations who are members of the Society and shall continue in office until the end of the succeeding Scientific Meeting.
The Executive Committee shall:
a. Serve as the governing body of the Asian and Australasian Society of Neurological
b. Elect all officers of the Society.
c. Determine the place and date of the next Scientific Meeting (Congress) in advance.
d. Determine the dues to be charged each individual member.
e. Shall meet at least every 2 years.
f. Propose, consider and elect organizations and societies as members or as affiliates of the Society
g. Have other powers as may be defined in the Society By-‐laws.
Section 2. Administrative Council.
The Administrative Council of the Society shall be composed of the following officers:
3) The two Vice-‐Presidents
6) President of the Congress.
The Administrative Council shall be empowered to act for the Society and its
Committee in all matters in the interim between meetings of the Executive Committee.
The Society shall have the following Committees which will hold office for 4 years and will be elected by the Executive Committee.
3.1 Scientific Program Committee
3.2 Education Committee
The Executive may appoint further Committees as it considers necessary from time to time, as defined in the Society By-‐laws.
ARTICLE 6. – Amendments, By-‐Laws.
Amendments and changes to this Constitution may be made at any meeting of the Executive Committee on the affirmative vote of three-‐fourths (3/4) of the members present and voting, provided that written or electronic notice of the proposed changes is submitted to all members of the Executive Committee at least twelve (12) months prior to that meeting.
There shall be a separate, written set of Bylaws for the Society to supplement this Constitution so
as to facilitate the operations, goals, and mission of the Asian Australasian Society of
Amendments and changes to the Society Bylaws may be made at any meeting of the Executive Committee on the affirmative vote of two-‐thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting, provided that written or electronic notice of the proposed changes is submitted to every member of the Executive Committee at least six (6) months prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered. The member proposing the alterations or amendments shall be responsible for providing copies or electronic files of the proposed changes in the Constitution and/or Bylaws, written in English, to the Secretary-‐General, who will then forward them to each member of the Executive Committee.
Adopted originally -‐1967 -‐ Canberra
Amended (for incorporation) – 2011 -‐ Taipei