College Policy and Advocacy Council

The RACP has two cross-College policy and advocacy groups: the College Policy and Advocacy Council and the College Policy and Advocacy Executive Committee.

The Council is the peak decision-making and strategic planning body while the Executive Committee meets between Council meetings to make decisions that require action in a shorter timeframe.

In matters of Policy and Advocacy, the Council and Executive Committee were established to:

  • determine the key policy priorities and activities for the whole College in a manner that aligns the needs of RACP members and the community
  • consult with Specialty Societies and other external bodies on policy and advocacy matters and priorities to maximise effective outcomes
  • respond to emerging policy and advocacy issues that are relevant to the College members and the community
  • promote the role of the College, Fellows and trainees in improving the quality and safety of healthcare in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

For more information, read the College Policy and Advocacy Council By-Law (PDF) and the College Policy and Advocacy Committee Guiding Principles (PDF), which are intended to inform decision-making around policy priorities and allocation of Policy and Advocacy resources.

Council members 

The Council is a representational body of 28 members, including those members of the Executive Committee.

(in alphabetical order)
Nick Buckmaster, CPAC EC, 2017 - 2020, QLD Regional Committee, 2020 - 2022
Luke Burchill, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee Chair, 2020 - 2022
Don Campbell, AMD President-Elect, 2018 - 2020
Adrian Dunlop, AChAM President-Elect, 2020 - 2022
John Eastwood, CPAC EC, 2017- 2020
Christian Gericke, CPAC Deputy Chair, 2017 - 2020
Sayontonee Ghosh, NSW/ACT Regional Committee, 2020 - 2022
Charles Guest, CPAC EC, 2019 - 2022
Warren Harrex, AFOEM PAC Chair, 2018 - 2020
George Laking, CPAC EC and Maori Health Committee representative, 2017- 2020
Debra Letica, Consumer Advisory Group representative, 2019 - 2021
Winston Liauw, CPAC EC, 2017-2020 
Kristen Lindsay, College Trainee Committee, 2018 - 2020
Jennifer Mann, AFRM President-Elect, 2020 - 2022
Tony Mylius, CPAC EC, 2019 - 2022
Catherine O'Connor, CPAC EC, 2019 - 2022
Peter Poon, AChPM Committee, 2020 - 2022
Rajesh Raj, TAS Regional Committee,  2020
Helen Rhodes, WA Regional Committee, 2018 - 2020
Nathan Ryder, AChSHM Committee Policy and Advocacy Lead, 2020 - 2022
Judy Savige, VIC Regional Committee, 2020 - 2022
Jacqueline Small, CPAC Chair, 2020 - 2022
Pat Tuohy, PCHD PAC Chair, 2020 - 2021
Robert Van Den Berg, SA Regional Committee Chair, 2018 - 2020
Peter Wallis, NT Regional Committee, 2018 - 2020
Jeanette Ward, AFPHM PAC, 2020 - 2022

Executive Committee members

The Executive Committee is a nine-member body established through a merits based selection and appointment process, including the Chair and Deputy Chair of Council. The current Council Executive Committee term runs from 2017 to 2020.

Jacqueline Small, Chair, President-Elect** 
Christian Gericke, Deputy Chair
Nick Buckmaster
John Eastwood
Charles Guest*
George Laking
Winston Liauw
Tony Mylius*
Catherine O'Connor*

*Term runs 2019-2022  **Term runs 2020-2022

For further information about the College Policy and Advocacy Council and Executive Committee, contact the Policy and Advocacy Unit at

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