Who We Are

Who we are

The AUSTRALASIAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTS was founded in 1961 and its objectives are as follows:

  • to advance the study and practice of clinical biochemistry,
  • to disseminate knowledge of the principles and practice of clinical biochemistry,
  • to protect and promote the interests of clinical biochemists.

In 1967 these objectives were further expanded by the decision to incorporate the Association, revise the Constitution and widen the scope for the Association's work to include professional as well as scientific activities. By the granting of professional qualifications the Association aims to encourage highly trained chemists to enter the field of clinical chemistry and further to encourage those already engaged in this field to pursue advanced studies so as to more effectively render service to the public. The Association is not a registered industrial body.

The members of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists are organised into Branches. Each Branch has a voice in the federal organisation through its elected representative to the Council of the Association. The Council is composed of the five Officers of the Association (President, three Vice Presidents & Chief Executive Officer), the seven Branch Representatives, the Chair of the Board of Examiners, and the Chair of the Media & Communications Committee. The President currently holds the position of National Representative to the APFCB and the Vice President - Scientific & Regulatory Affairs is the National Representative to the IFCC. The Chair of the Central Conference Organising Committee is a co-opted member of Council.

Officers of the Association (President and Vice Presidents) are elected by a postal ballot from candidates who are each nominated by two other members of the Association. All Councillors (with the exception of the Chief Executive Officer) and Branch Officers act in an honorary capacity.

The Council formulates policy in accordance with the Association's Constitution and its decisions are reported to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.