Health and Medical Research Strategic Plan 2019-23

Strategy overview

The College’s Health and Medical Research Strategic Plan is to provide a blueprint to guide the development of our research investment and policy framework through articulating clear direction and priorities for the years 2019 to 2023.

College profile

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is a diverse and energetic organisation responsible for training, educating and representing over 16,600 physicians and 8,000 trainees in Australia and New Zealand.

The RACP is responsible for the training and assessment of doctors who have completed their primary medical degree and prevocational hospital training, and who aim to achieve recognition as specialist physicians (in one or more of a wide range of disciplines). This further training is administered through the RACP, and includes supervised employment in hospitals and other professional settings, written and clinical examinations and workplace based assessment. The College also administers a program of continuing professional development for Fellows following completion of training. (Refer to Training Pathways and Continuing Professional Development for more information).

The RACP represents physicians by advocating on their behalf to governments and regulatory agencies, health organisations, other medical colleges, consumer groups and to the general public.

The RACP seeks to better the health of all Australians and New Zealanders through development of health and social policy and advocating for its implementation. (Refer to Policy and Advocacy for more information).

Key collaborators and partners

  • College Fellows and trainees
  • the RACP Foundation
  • State and Federal Governments
  • health services and the broader health system: public, private and not-for-profit
  • research funders such as the NHMRC, MRFF and the NZHRC
  • patients, families and the broader community
  • universities and medical research institutes
  • philanthropic donors
  • health insurers
  • disease groups and charities
  • industry
  • affiliated special societies in the subspecialties of internal medicine

Operating principles

The following principles guide our decision-making:

  1. Excellence – the research and research policy that the RACP supports must be nationally and internationally competitive and promote excellence
  2. Focus – the College’s investment in research will focus on four key areas: Clinical Research, Early Career Researchers, Education Methodology Research, and Health Services and Health Systems research
  3. Impact – research should contribute to plausible improvement to health outcomes, create useful knowledge, have positive impact on individual and populations, create IP or a commercial product, be achievable, be relevant to the career stage of the individual physician
  4. Alignment to College strategy and policy – That is, the focus and direction laid out in this plan and other policy documents
  5. Equity – the portfolio of funded research should balance over time across issues such as researcher gender including women with career disruption, geography, indigenous issues, career stage, disease groups, cultural groupings
  6. Leverage – maximise the impact of any College financial investment, build research networks, contribute to individual CVs and career sustainability for researchers
  7. Collaboration and partnership – work actively with disease groups, funders, research networks, universities, medical research institutes, hospitals and health services, insurers etc.
  8. Investigator driven – lessen vested interests; ensure independence of methodology
  9. Innovation and originality – reward excellence, focus and impact
  10. Sustainability – maximise sustainable support for researchers across the career span
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