Association of Obstetric
Anaesthesiologists - India

Welcome to AOA


The role of anaesthesiologist in the care of the parturient has expanded, with regular involvement in the labor rooms, the obstetric theatre and in the high dependency and intensive care units that care for the critically ill parturients. The shortage of anaesthetists has been identified as one of the major causes of high MMR in India (407/100,000 deliveries) and is a cause for grave concern, with anaesthetic accidents (4.8%) being considered an important preventable cause of maternal deaths, according to the Safe motherhood WHO training manuals. This has led to inclusion of anaesthesia as an important component of the "Comprehensive essential obstetric care" in the safe motherhood programs all over India.

In the modern era of specialization, anaesthesiology has branched into specific areas like cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery, critical care and pain, with setting up of their own associations to formulate guidelines, initiate research and discuss problem-related issues in specific fields which has made a positive impact on their development. Obstetric anaesthesia, which caters to an alarming 9 million parturients and their off springs, remains totally neglected and ignored as any other woman-related issue, which is reflected in the wide disparity in MMR in the developed and developing countries. (India-407; UK-9; USA-7.7).

Thus, it is imperative that anaesthesiologists, with special interest in obstetric anaesthesia work towards the advancement of this specialty and promote the highest standards of anaesthetic Practice In the care of the mother and baby.

Proposal
To initiate a forum of likeminded, enthusiastic, dedicated and dynamic group of anaesthesiologists who work both preferentially as well as part of their general anaesthetic practice, in obstetric anaesthesia and are interested in the growth and development of this specialty.

Aims
  • To create a forum to formulate guidelines for minimum safe monitoring standards and techniques for obstetric anaesthesia.
  • To discuss maternal and fetal safety issues with different anaesthetic techniques
  • To start multi centre trials addressing important issues relating to safe obstetric anaesthesia


Name
This Society shall be known as the "Association of Obstetric Anaesthesiologists", hereinafter referred to as the "Society".

Place Of Business
Its place of business shall be at "Department of Anaesthesia, Panna Dhay women's Hospital, RNT Medical College, Udaipur-313001; Rajasthan, India" or such other address as may subsequently be decided upon by the Committee and approved by the Registrar of Societies. The Society shall carry out its activities only in places and premises which have the prior written approval from the relevant authorities, where necessary.

Objective
  • To establish a forum for exchange and interchange of views and for enhancing fellowship amongst its members.
  • To assist in the establishment of Obstetric Anaesthesiology as an important subspecialty.
  • To promote research and training in Obstetric Anaesthesia.
  • To improve Obstetric Anaesthesia services in India and the neighboring countries.
  • To carry out all such activities as would contribute to the promotion of Obstetric Anaesthesiology


DUTIES OF OFFICE-BEARERS

PRESIDENT
The President will approve the agenda made by the Honorary Secretary and will preside over all meetings of General Assembly, Executive Board etc. He will perform the duties as desired by the Executive Board. He will appoint committees on the recommendation of the Executive Board. The General Assembly will elect him after proper nomination by the Executive Board, provided that he has indicated in writing his willingness to run for the office. He should be a previous member of the executive board. He shall serve for a term of two years. He is not eligible for re-election as a President.

VICE PRESIDENT
The Vice President will perform all the duties of the President in case of absence or inability of the President. The General Assembly will elect him after proper nomination by the Executive Board, provided that he has signified in writing his willingness to run for office. He needs to be a previous member of the Executive Board and will hold office for two years.

HONORARY SECRETARY
The Honorary Secretary will summon and be present at the meetings of General Assembly, Executive Board and others. He will keep the record of proceedings of these meetings. The General Assembly will elect him after proper nomination by the Executive Board, provided that proposed nominee has signed in writing his willingness to run for office. He will serve for a term of two years and will be eligible for re-election for one more term. He need not be a previous member of the Executive Board. He will receive application forms for new memberships and present them to the Executive Board. He will countersign all certificates issued and make proper entries in the book of the Society.

HONORARY TREASURER
He will keep a full set of books of accounts, all receipts and disbursements of every name and nature, the amount of cash in hand and other information when required by the Executive Board. He is authorised to expend up to Rs 1,000 per month for petty expenses of the society and will not keep more than Rs 1,000 in the form of cash and money in excess of this will be deposited in a bank to be named by the Committee.
Cheques etc for withdrawal from the bank will be signed by the Treasurer and either the President or the Secretary.

HON SECRETARY/TREASURER
Any person whom the Executive Board may direct in case of his absence or inability to act may perform his duties. The Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer may recruit an assistant as and when necessary.
Ordinary Committee Members (nominees) shall assist in the general administration of the Society and perform duties assigned by the Executive board from time to time.

BOARD MEMBERS
Five members other than the President, Vice President, and Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer shall be elected as Board Members by the General Assembly after proper nomination by the Executive Board, provided that the proposed nominee has signed in writing his/her willingness to run for office. The Board Members will form the Executive Board. They will serve for a term of four years. They will be eligible for re-election for one more consecutive term.

AUDIT AND FINANCIAL YEAR
The honorary treasurer will submit the audited accounts at the annual GB meeting every year. Accounts will be audited every year by one or more registered chartered accountants appointed for the ensuing year at the GB meeting.

AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
The amendment of constitution, bylaws, rules and regulations will be carried out by a sixty (60) percent vote by the total membership of the General Assembly. The Executive Board will place the motion of amendment of constitutions, bylaws, rules and regulations.

DONATIONS
This Society may accept gifts, legacies, donations and/or contributions in any amount, form and conditions as may be decided by the Executive Board.

DISPUTES
In the event of any dispute arising amongst members, they shall attempt to resolve the matter at an Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with this Constitution. Should the members fail to resolve the matter, they may bring the matter to a court of law for settlement, at the headquarter of Society.

DISSOLUTION
The Society shall not be dissolved, except with the consent of not less than 3/5 of the total voting membership of the Society expressed either in person, at a General Meeting convened for the purpose.
In the event of the Society being dissolved as provided above, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf of the Society shall be fully discharged, and the remaining funds will be disposed of in such manner as the General Meeting of members may determine or donated to an approved charity or charities.
A Certificate of Dissolution shall be given within seven days of the dissolution to the Registrar of societies

POWER OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES AND GENERAL MEETINGS
The General Assembly and Executive Board will be responsible executive authorities for the administration of the society.
The General Assembly will consist of ordinary members.
The Assembly may also be contacted and its views obtained by a circular letter in the interim period.
A Scientific Congress will be held every two years; obstetric anaesthesia updates will be held every alternate year.
The Executive Board will receive proposals for holding Scientific Congresses. A member state that wishes to host a scientific congress should indicate his willingness to do so in writing 2 years before the proposed Scientific Congress. The Executive Board, after having taken a decision, will recommend to the General assembly, the venue and time of the Scientific Congress .
At other times, an Extraordinary General Meeting must be called by the President on the request in writing of not less than 25% of the total voting membership or 30 voting members, whichever is the lesser, and may be called at anytime by order of the Executive board. The notice in writing shall be given to the Secretary setting forth the business that is to be transacted. The Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened within two months from receiving this request to convene the Extraordinary General Meeting.
At least two week's notice shall be given of a General Meeting. Notice of meeting stating the date, time and place of meeting shall be sent by the Secretary to all voting members by email or post. The particulars of the agenda shall be posted on the Society's website four days in advance of the meeting.
Unless otherwise stated in this Constitution, voting by proxy will not be allowed at all General Meetings.

The powers of the General Assembly will be:

a) To receive, discuss and ratify the minutes of the proceedings of the Executive Board Meetings reported by the Honorary Secretary.
b) To approve the audited statement of accounts.
c) To elect the office bearers.
d) To determine the venue of the next Congress that has been recommended by the Executive Board.
e) To approve the budget.
f) To approve applications for membership.
g) To consider other matters duly brought up.
Any member who wishes to place an item on the agenda of a General Meeting may do so provided he gives notice to the Secretary one month before the meeting is due to be held.
At least 25% of the total voting membership or 30 voting members, whichever is the lesser, present at a General Meeting shall form a quorum. Proxies shall not be constituted as part of the quorum.
In the event of there being no quorum at the commencement of a General Meeting, the meeting shall be adjourned for half an hour and should the number then present be insufficient to form a quorum, then, the meeting will have to be adjourned and reconvened with due notification (mentioned above) within 6 months.