The policy and advocacy activities of the College support the leadership role of physicians, both collectively and individually, in influencing the social, environmental, biological and political factors that impact upon health and wellbeing of patients and the broader community, and the healthcare that they receive. Advocacy in this regard can be viewed as everything that physicians can and should do to improve both the quality and safety of care for patients.
In formulating College policies on various health issues and in contributing to the wider health policy formulation, the College is able to draw upon the perspectives, concerns, expertise and proffered solutions of its 13,500 Fellows.
The aim of the College's Policy and Advocacy Unit is to enable the College to influence policy development in Australia and New Zealand. The P & A Unit supports the College fellowship by monitoring and influencing how health policy is developed, formulated, implemented and evaluated in Australia and New Zealand. The P & A Unit can provide analysis and advice, evaluation, consultation, development, preparation, publishing, dissemination, communication, engagement, advocacy and lobbying on health policy issues. This will ensure the interests of Fellows and trainees are promoted in health policy, the health systems of both countries are improved, and the health outcomes for patients and communities are improved.
The Policy and Advocacy Unit can be contacted for other matters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College welcomes any and all feedback from Fellows and trainees, as well as your suggestions for future directions in policy and advocacy to tackle current and emerging challenges. Please provide your feedback to email@example.com