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Policy & Advocacy

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 preferred solutions of its over 20,000 members. 

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

Policy Reference Group

The College has established a Policy Reference Group (PRG) as a vehicle to facilitate engagement with the College membership in forming policy positions. By collecting information about members' areas of interest, practice and other relevant experience, the PRG will allow us to tap into expertise in areas relevant to particular pieces of policy work. The PRG offers members the opportunity to contribute to policy work that is relevant to them, without the commitment of joining a committee or working party. 

Fellows and trainee member who are interested in joining the PRG can register via this survey