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17 Communication With the Market The Company is committed to complying with its continuous disclosure obligations under the ASX Listing Rules and Corporations Act and to ensuring that its shareholders are kept well-informed of all major developments affecting the Company’s state of affairs. The Company has a Continuous Disclosure Policy, which creates a framework for compliance with relevant disclosure obligations and establishes the accountability of senior executives for achieving compliance. More specifically, the policy: • explains the Company’s obligations under ASX Listing Rule 3.1 and the Corporations Act • establishes internal processes for reporting of information considered to be potentially price-sensitive and for consideration of such information by the Company Secretary, the Disclosure Committee and (where necessary) the Board • establishes processes for the disclosure of price sensitive information • establishes internal processes for briefing of analysts, investor and media groups, responding to market speculation, leaks and rumours and calling trading halts where appropriate to avoid trading occurring in an uninformed market; and • delegates to the Disclosure Committee and Company Secretary the authority to release information or make disclosures to the ASX and responsibility for decisions regarding price sensitive information, coordinating disclosures, establishing and monitoring procedures under this Policy and making recommendations to the Board on any necessary updates to the Policy. With Shareholders The Company is always mindful of the importance of communicating effectively with its shareholders including by allowing shareholders access to information about the Company and its governance on its website. A formal Communications Policy has been adopted by the Board in relation to the provision of information to shareholders, the media and the wider community. The Communications Policy establishes internal protocols and authorisations for communications with media (including media inquiries and releases at Company and facility level), disclosure of corporate and confidential information and communications with shareholders and investors. The Policy is to be read in conjunction with the Continuous Disclosure Policy described above, which deals with the disclosure of price-sensitive information. The Company’s Investor Relations Programme comprises the following mechanisms which, together, faciliate two-way communications with shareholders and ensure that shareholders are kept fully informed and able to participate effectively at general meetings: • Financial reports, market reports and ASX releases are posted on the Investor Centre on the Company’s website. • Relevant documents relating to the Company’s governance arrangements are made available in the Corporate Governance section of the Company’s website. • Shareholders are able to send emails to, and can elect to receive email alerts from, the Company’s share registry manager facility, which is provided by Boardroom Pty Limited. • An investor email inquiry facility has been established to ensure timely responses by the Company Secretary (for individual shareholders) or the Group Finance Director (for institutional shareholders) to all investor questions. • Correspondence from the Chairman is sent to shareholders for significant events (including via the Company’s website and email alerts). • Participation by shareholders at the AGM is actively encouraged. For example, shareholders are encouraged to submit questions to the Company’s auditor prior to the AGM, with those questions answered at the AGM. 30 RAMSAY HEALTH CARE ANNUAL REPORT 2015


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