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Australian medical college could lose charitable status amid governance concerns

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 02 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5365
  1. Paul Smith
  1. Sydney

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians faces being stripped of its charitable status amid concerns that it has inappropriately managed funds and failed to adequately investigate complaints.

The warning by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission follows its investigation in May into the activities of the beleaguered organisation. The findings were revealed at the end of August when the college published the letter the watchdog wrote in June saying it was worried that the college was falling foul of the law.

In the letter the commission lists 12 separate “concerns,” including:

  • Inappropriate management of charitable funds and resources, including the provision of …

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