Professional Associations

We advise many State and national Professional Associations, particularly across the health sector, on regulatory, compliance and governance issues. We understand the vital roles they play in the ongoing professional development, guidance and support of their members.

Supporting Professional Associations

Our lawyers are keynote speakers at annual conferences and write articles for publication in association journals and newsletters. Working with a large number of Professional Associations throughout Australia, our dedicated team:

  • advises on property purchases and leases;
  • advises on Memorandum and Articles and/or their Constitution;
  • acts in litigation brought by or against an Association;
  • advises on regulatory issues;
  • drafts and settles submissions to government on proposed legislative reforms;
  • acts for the Associations in ACCC matters;
  • acts on contractual matters (for example, supplier agreements);
  • advises on issues of risk management and relevant regulatory and legal obligations for their members.

We are proud to support and advise the following associations and many of their State/Territory branches:

  • Aged Care Association Australia
  • Audiological Society of Australia
  • Australasian Podiatry Council
  • Australian Association of Occupational Therapists WA
  • Australian Childcare Alliance
  • Australian Chiropractors Association
  • Australian Dental Association Inc.
  • Australian Institute of Radiographers
  • Australian Osteopathic Association
  • Australian Podiatry Association
  • Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association
  • Australian Veterinary Association
  • Creche & Kindergarten Association of Queensland Inc.
  • Dental Hygienists Association of Australia
  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Fitness Australia Limited
  • Nutrition Australia QLD
  • Optometrists Association Australia
  • Pharmaceutical Defence Limited
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

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