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TSANZ membership categories

Membership categories

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Ltd has seven primary categories of membership: Ordinary, Associate, Emeritus, Honorary Life,  Honorary Associate Life and Student. The Society’s Constitution gives a full definition for each of these categories of membership (as well as defining the TSANZ NZ membership and entity).The defining aspects of the seven primary categories are summarised below.

 Ordinary:  is a legally qualified medical practitioner, scientist or other health professional who has received appropriate postgraduate training and qualifications in respiratory medicine, sleep medicine, thoracic surgery or related fields. Ordinary membership also applies if, in the opinion of the Board, the person has made a worthwhile contribution to the study or practice of respiratory medicine, sleep medicine, thoracic surgery or related fields. Ordinary membership also requires that eligibility requirements are met and that the application to join is approved according to the constitution.

 Associate:  is a legally qualified medical practitioner, or other health professional or other suitably qualified person who is interested in respiratory medicine, sleep medicine, thoracic surgery or related fields who does not meet the requirements to become an ordinary member but does satisfy eligibility requirements and whose application to join is approved according to the Constitution. Associate members do not have voting rights.

 Emeritus:  is a member who has made a notable contribution to the understanding, treatment or practice of respiratory medicine generally, and has been recommended for emeritus membership by the board, or by two voting members recommending to the board. Candidates for this category of membership are then admitted by a majority of members present at an AGM. Emeritus members have voting rights.

 Honorary life: is a member who has applied to the company secretary for this category of membership having retired from fulltime employment in respiratory and related fields, or who is a person the board considers meritorious and/or is recommended by the board (or by two voting members recommending to the board). Candidates for this membership category are then admitted by a majority of members present at an AGM. Honorary life members have voting rights.

 Associate honorary life: is an associate member who has applied to the company secretary for this category of membership having retired from fulltime employment in respiratory and related fields.

 Student: is a member who is enrolled in a recognised tertiary institution in Australia or New Zealand studying full-time to become a medical practitioner, scientist or other health professional, with an interest in respiratory medicine, sleep medicine, thoracic surgery or related fields who meets membership eligibility criteria and whose application is approved according to the constitution.

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