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)
Greg Bowring, AFRM President-Elect and P&A Committee (PAC) Chair
Nick Buckmaster, CPAC EC
Don Campbell, AMD President-Elect
Gregory Crawford, AChPM President 
John Eastwood, CPAC EC
Niki Ellis, CPAC Chair
Christian Gericke, CPAC Deputy Chair
Charles Guest, CPAC EC
Warren Harrex, AFOEM PAC Chair
Noel Hayman, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee Chair
George Laking, CPAC EC and Maori Health Committee representative
Adrian Lee, NSW/ACT Regional Committee
Debra Letica, Consumer Advisory Group representative
Winston Liauw, CPAC EC
Kristen Lindsay, College Trainee Committee
Nick Lintzeris, AChAM President-elect
Tony Mylius, CPAC EC
Catherine O'Connor, CPAC EC
Sunday Pam, QLD Regional Committee
Rajesh Raj, TAS Regional Committee
Helen Rhodes (temp), WA Regional Committee
Nathan Ryder, AChSHM Committee Policy and Advocacy Lead
Judy Savige, VIC Regional Committee
Pat Tuohy, PCHD PAC Chair
Robert Van Den Berg, SA Regional Committee Chair
Peter Wallis, NT Regional Committee
Jeanette Ward, AFPHM PAC
vacant, NZ Committee

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.

Niki Ellis, Chair
Christian Gericke, Deputy Chair
Nick Buckmaster
John Eastwood
Charles Guest*
George Laking
Winston Liauw
Tony Mylius*
Catherine O'Connor*

*Term runs 2019-2022

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

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