RACP 2024 Elections

The RACP Board Elections 2024 commenced on 18 January 2024.  Voting opened on 15 March 2024 and closed on 16 April 2024.  The provisional results are to be announced Wednesday 24 April 2024 and new directors notified.

CorpVote conducted the voting for the election of the Board positions for the College.  In respect of each ballot paper received by post or online, please see the results below: 

Elected Board positions

Candidate For Elected (Yes/No)

Dr Sharmila Chandran

756  Yes

Dr George Laking

 422  No

Dr John O’Donnell

 302  No

Associate Professor Nada Hamad

 217  No

Professor Graeme Maguire

 663  No


Member Director (2 Positions)
Candidate For Elected (Yes/No)

Associate Professor Nada Hamad

658  Yes

Dr Warren Harrex

335  No

Professor Nicholas Buckmaster

531  No
Dr Amanda Ormerod 402   No

Dr Sharmila Chandran

 990  Yes

Dr Poh (PK) Loh

 337  No
 Dr Ron Granot  406  No
 Professor Philip Morris AM  371  No


Trainee Director (1 position) 
Candidate For Elected (Yes/No)

Dr. Richard Arnold

 582 No 

Dr Lachlan O'Sullivan

533  No

Dr Gavin Wayne

455  No
 Dr Aidan Tan 791 Yes

As a candidate has nominated for more than one position and has been successful in attaining the highest number of votes for both ballots, the following may occur:

  1. The candidate may hold both offices. If the person holds both offices, the person is counted only once to establish a quorum and may have only one vote, as per clauses 9.3.1 and 9.5.1 of the RACP Constitution.
  2. The candidate may choose to be appointed to their preferred position. The candidate can advise this after the AGM has closed on 17 May 2024. In this instance the candidate will need to submit a resignation in writing for the other position.
  3. Where the candidate resigns from one of the positions, this creates a casual vacancy.The Board is then required to fill the position as a casual vacancy as per clause 8.10 of the RACP Constitution.
  4. The Board resolved to fill the casual vacancy by appointing the Member that received the next highest number of votes in the relevant category of the 2024 election.

A person appointed to a Board casual vacancy will hold that office until the next AGM and is eligible for re-election in accordance with the Constitution.

A notification will be provided to each of the candidates advising them of the provisional results and that the successful candidate terms will commence at the end of the Annual General Meeting on Friday, 17 May 2024.

Elected College Body positions

Elected College Body positions
Division, Faculty, Chapter, Region Position Nominee

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Aotearoa New Zealand Representative
Dr Astrid Adams

All remaining vacancies not filled via the election process will be advertised as casual vacancies as set out in the Governance of College Bodies By-law (PDF). 

The College will communicate the results to all members and publish on the College website.

Election timeline

Event Date for Board vacancies Date for College Body vacancies  
President introduce the May 2024 Elections

Friday 15 December 2023

Friday 15 December 2023
Formally announce elections and call for nominations 
Thursday 18 January 2024 Thursday 18 January 2024
Nominations close  Monday 26 February 2024 Friday 16 February 2024
Declaration of nominees for all relevant positions and arrange election for all positions with more than one nominee. Wednesday 28 February 2024 Wednesday 28 February 2024
Last day for withdrawal of nomination Thursday 14 March 2024 Thursday 14 March 2024
Open online voting 
Friday 15 March 2024 Friday 15 March 2024
Voting closes Tuesday 16 April 2024 
(Easter 29 March to 1 April 2024)
Tuesday 16 April 2024 
(Easter 29 March to 1 April 2024)
Announce provisional results and notify new Directors (term starts at end of AGM)
Wednesday 24 April 2024 Wednesday 24 April 2024
Declare election results for all positions at the AGM Friday 17 May 2024 Friday 17 May 2024

Nomination outcomes

If the number of valid nominees is equal to or less than the number of vacant positions, those nominees will be automatically elected to the position.

If the number of valid nominees is greater than the number of vacant positions, a ballot will be held. Valid nominees will be asked to provide a Candidate Statement (500 words maximum) and a headshot photograph for publishing to support their candidacy.

All election outcomes will be reported at the Annual General Meeting.

All candidates must read and comply with:

Guidance notes

These guidance notes are provided to assist members nominating for election, to understand the requirements for Directors of the College and to provide appropriate information covering their expertise and potential contribution to the College’s future.

Collective Board expertise
RACP Strategic Plan 2022-2026
Board and governance
College structure and governance

Recommended resources

These resources are applicable to the roles and responsibilities of the RACP Board and its Directors are recommended reading.

Governance for Good: The ACNC’s guide for Charity Board Members | Australian Charities and Non-for-profit Commission
The Not-for-profit Governance Principles (PDF) | Australian Institute of Company Directors

Help and support

Email: support@corpvote.com.au
Telephone: 1300 710 950

RACP (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Website: racp.edu.au/contact-us
Telephone (Australia): 1300 697 227 or +61 2 9256 5444
Telephone (Aotearoa New Zealand): 0508 697 227 or +64 4 472 6713

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