Special General Meeting – Unification

Thank you for voting YES.

Update on the outcome of the Special General Meeting of Diabetes Tasmania.

Members of Diabetes Tasmania voted overwhelmingly in favour of unifying with Diabetes Australia to create a stronger voice for people living with diabetes.

This is a very positive step forward for the diabetes community in Tasmania. As a more unified national organisation we will have greater opportunity to raise much needed funds to support more diabetes research, diabetes services and advocacy.

Importantly, very little will change at the local level.  There will still be access to local events and services and members will conntinue to receive the information, including Circle magazine, and the support we know is valued so much.

Here is a link to the letter that was sent out to all Diabetes Tasmania regarding this unification.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this or any other matter please feel free to contact us.

 


 

Information on the Special General Meeting and Unification

Diabetes Tasmania will be holding a Special General Meeting (SGM) for Members on Tuesday 27 July 2021 at 11:00 am at Diabetes Tasmania’s Hobart office situated at Level 7, 152 Macquarie Street.

The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the matter of unifying Diabetes Tasmania with Diabetes Australia.  Whilst not compulsory, we invite all interested members to vote and have their say.

Voting can be done either by:

  1. Return the proxy form sent to eligible members to Diabetes Tasmania. Please return your form as soon as possible. We must receive your proxy latest 11:00 am on Sunday 25 July.
  2. Attend the meeting in person, 27 July 2021 at 11:00 am at Diabetes Tasmania’s Hobart office, Level 7 – 152 Macquarie Street. Please note registrations to attend the meeting in person closes Friday 23 July 11:00 am via email mail@diabetestas.org.au or call 6215 9000.

Reasons to vote:

Together we want to create more unified community with a stronger voice to advocate for affordable diabetes care, new technologies, more research and enhanced diabetes services from all levels of government.

Documents relating to the meeting can be found below. They include:

Special General Meeting Documents:

Constitution:

Life Members - Morning Tea
Diabetes Tasmania recently held a morning tea for some of our Life Members and their partners in our Hobart office. They were joined by staff including (pictured) Caroline Wells, CEO; Leanne Clark, Finance & HR Lead and Linda Manaena, President.

Frequently Asked Questions

Diabetes Tasmania will be holding a Special General Meeting (SGM) for Members on Tuesday 27 July 2021 at 11:00 am at Diabetes Tasmania’s Hobart office situated at Level 7 – 152 Macquarie Street.

What is the purpose of the SGM?

The purpose of the Special General Meeting (SGM) is to vote on the matter of unifying Diabetes Tasmania with Diabetes Australia.

When is the SGM?

Diabetes Tasmania will be holding a Special General Meeting (SGM) for Members on Tuesday 27 July 2021 at 11:00 am at Diabetes Tasmania’s Hobart office, Level 7 – 152 Macquarie Street.

What are the reasons to vote?

The member letter from Diabetes Tasmania CEO and President  outlines the Board’s considerations and reasons for recommending voting in favour of this course of action.

Who can vote?

Members of Diabetes Tasmania can vote in the Special General Meeting (SGM).

How do I vote?

On 27 July 2021, Diabetes Tasmania will hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) to give Members the opportunity to vote on the suggested change to our membership classes and Constitution.

Voting can be done either by:

  1. Return the proxy form included with this letter to Diabetes Tasmania. The Proxy form along with instructions on how to complete and return the form are included in this information pack. A reply paid envelope is included. Please return your form as soon as possible. We must receive your proxy latest 11:00 am on Sunday 25 July.
  2. Attend the meeting in person, 27 July 2021 at 11:00 am at Diabetes Tasmania’s Hobart office, Level 7 – 152 Macquarie Street. Please note registrations to attend the meeting in person closes Friday 23 July 11:00 am via email mail@diabetestas.org.au or call 6215 9000.

What type / classes of memberships will there be if unification happens?

Sections 7 – 14 of the Diabetes Australia Constitution provided in a link above, notes the types of Memberships for Diabetes Australia. General Members of Diabetes Tasmania would become General Members of Diabetes Australia and will have the same rights such as attending and speaking at AGM/SGMs, access to financial statements and voting on resolutions and the election of independent Board members. Other Members (Life) of Diabetes Tasmania would become Life Members of Diabetes Australia and retain their current rights as well.

What is meant by Variation and Cancellation of member rights?

The Corporations Act 2001 requires that current Members of Diabetes Tasmania vote to vary their member rights to enable unification. This will allow Diabetes Australia to become the controlling member of Diabetes Tasmania. Your Diabetes Tasmania membership is cancelled, and you become a member of Diabetes Australia.

Will membership rights change as Members of Diabetes Australia?

No – Members retain their current rights.

What will membership payments fund in the future?

Your membership fees will continue to fund programs and services as well as contribute to scientific research and advocacy effort. The funds will also continue to support the production and distribution of our member only magazine, Circle and Member enewsletters.

Have other States unified?

At the end of April 2021, Members of Diabetes NSW/ACT and Diabetes Queensland already voted overwhelmingly in support of unifying their organisations with Diabetes Australia.

We believe now is the time for Diabetes Tasmania to formally join Diabetes Australia and to come together to ensure strong future support of all people living with or at risk of diabetes.

Does unification mean the work by Diabetes Tasmania will be centralised and removed from Tasmania?
The Diabetes Tasmania Board has considered unification and decided this was the right decision for people with diabetes into the future. Diabetes NSW&ACT and Diabetes Qld have already made this choice and became subsidiary entities in late April 2021. Diabetes Tasmania will hold a Special General Meeting on 27 July 2021. If the change proceeds, then the 4000 Tasmanian people with diabetes who are members of Diabetes Tasmania will transfer to become members of Diabetes Australia. To make this recommendation, the Diabetes Tasmania Board were clear that local presence must be maintained and that local relationships were paramount.
It is important to note that:

• Diabetes Tasmania Ltd (ACN 087 092 180) will continue to operate in Tasmania and will continue to hold all its current contractual, service and funding agreements with all funding agencies. There will be no transfer or novation of any service agreements.
• Diabetes Tasmania Ltd will be the contracting party for any new service agreements with any funding agencies.
• Diabetes Tasmania Ltd will continue to be the NDSS Agent for Tasmania and receive funding from Diabetes Australia to deliver services in Tasmania funded by the Australian Government under that agreement.

I have a question and it is not answered in the FAQ, what should I do?

If you have a question relating to the SGM that is not captured in the FAQ, please email us at mail@diabetestas.org.au or call 6215 9000.

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