The announcement of the Australian Federal Budget is one of the most important dates on the calendar for the healthcare industry, and for The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The RACP Federal Budget submission is a significant piece of work produced by the RACP, representing the policy priorities of the Fellows and trainees of all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Australia's healthcare system faces many challenges; demographic change, the burden of chronic disease, the rising costs of healthcare, and the need for greater involvement of patients and their carers in their health decisions. Whilst Australia is internationally recognised as delivering high quality care within an affordable system, both these aspects are increasingly coming under pressure.
The RACP, as the organisation that trains, educates and advocates for specialist physicians in Australia, is committed to working collaboratively with the Australian Government to improve the healthcare system and health outcomes for all Australians. The RACP 2015 - 2016 Budget Submission presents feasible solutions to meet patient needs and overcome healthcare system challenges.