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Division, Faculty and Chapter Policy & Advocacy


The College has two Divisions - Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Health. All Fellows who hold an FRACP belong to one of the Divisions. The Divisions carry out most of the work in relation to training, assessment and continuing professional development.

RACP Paediatric & Child Health Division - Position Statement - Physical Punishment of Children

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division of the RACP has launched a Physical Punishment of Children Position Statement highlighting the harmful effects of physical punishment to discipline children and calling for law reform on the issue. The statement promotes alternative strategies for disciplining children that emphasise positive reinforcement and called for better support for parents and caregivers to educate them about the potential harmful effects of physical punishment and other violence on children.
Paediatricians play an important role in educating parents about effective disciplinary strategies for children and this statement contains strategies for engaging parents in alternate methods of punishment. 

See the following links for the position statement, brochure and media release.

RACP Child Oral Health Position Statement

Most recently updated in August, 2013, the RACP's Child Oral Health Position Statement outlines the RACPs ongoing committment to the dental health of children and young adults across Australia and New Zealand.

Position Statement

PCHD advocacy campaign for children in detention and incarcerated adolescents

The health of incarcerated adolescents, particularly those housed in maximum-security adult detention centres, and the health and mental wellbeing of children and young people seeking asylum in Australia, are two of the most critical issues in which the College is seeking to bring about meaningful change. The College has developed two template letters, addressed to government ministers working within these important portfolios.

These letters are an important advocacy tool, and will enable us to voice our opinions, as individuals and as a collective. All College Fellows and trainees are urged to support this advocacy campaign by downloading the template letters, personalising the content and emailing or posting the letters to the relevant minister. A list of ministers and government contacts can also be found on the RACP website. Send a copy of your letter to so we can track the letters that are sent on these issues.

Template letters

Transition from paediatric health services to adult services

The transition from family-oriented, developmentally focussed paediatric health services to more independently oriented adult services can be challenging for young people and their families, as well as for the health professionals that support them.

The RACP has produced two position statements to provide guidance to health professionals on how to carefully manage this transition for adolescents with chronic conditions and for those with complex and chronic disability needs:

Transition of young people with complex and chronic disability needs
Transition to adult health services for adolescents with chronic conditions 


A Faculty is an independent body within the College which offers its own vocational training programs. Gaining Fellowship of a Faculty does not confer Fellowship of the RACP. However, training obtained during a Faculty program may go towards training for Fellowship of the College and vice versa. There are three Faculties of the College:

Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM)
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM)
Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM)


The two Divisions of the College have Chapters which support groups of practitioners working in the following respective areas:

Chapter of Community Child Health (Paediatrics & Child Health)
Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (Adult Medicine)
Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (Adult Medicine)
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (Adult Medicine)

The role of sexual health physicians: Position statement

Sexual health is an essential element of a person’s health and wellbeing, and advocates a dual clinical and public health approach to sexual health medicine. The RACP has developed this position statement on the role of sexual health physicians to:

  • Outline the key principles of sexual health medicine;
  • Clarify the role of the sexual health physician; and
  • Highlight two key areas of need in the community where the provision of appropriate, targeted and easily accessible sexual health treatment is pivotal for maintaining both individual wellbeing and population health in the community.

Specialty Societies

Specialty Societies are medical/scientific societies which bring together research and clinical scientists and physicians who are actively involved in the study of a particular specialty, eg. cardiology, geriatrics. Each Society is run independently from the College. However, the College has close links with the Specialty Societies to enable it to be guided in matters in which the Societies have specific expertise.