College Policy and Advocacy Council

The College Policy and Advocacy Council ​and Advisory Committee

Within the College there consists two cross-College policy and ​advocacy groups, the Council and its Advisory Committee. The Council is the peak decision making and strategic planning body while the Advisory Committee meets between Council meetings to make decisions that need to be finalised in a shorter timeframe.

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

  • determine the key policy priorities and activities for the whole College in a manner that aligns the needs of 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; and
  • promote the role of the College, Fellows and trainees in improving the quality and safety of health care in Australia and New Zealand;
College Policy and Advocacy Committee by-laws (PDF 144KB)
The College Policy and Advocacy Committee (CPAC) Guiding Principles (PDF 75KB)
These principles are intended to inform decision-making around policy priorities and allocation of P&A resources.

Who is on the College Policy and Advocacy Council?

The Council a representational body of 26 members, including those members of the Advisory Committee.

  • Nick Buckmaster, CPAC Advisory Committee
  • Robin Chase, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Jonathan Christiansen, New Zealand Committee
  • Stephen Clarke, ACT/New South Wales
  • Sophie Couzos, CPAC Advisory Committee
  • Gregory Crawford, Australasian Chapter of Palli​ative Medicine
  • Peter Davoren, Queensland
  • John East​wood, CPAC Advisory Committee
  • Natalie Edmiston, Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
  • Tim Geraghty, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Christian Gericke, Deputy Chair and Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Noel Hayman, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee
  • Andy Henry, College Trainee Committee
  • Paul Komesaroff, Adult Medicine Division
  • George Laking, Advisory Committee and ​Maori Health Committee
  • Mark Lane, President-Elect (Chair)
  • Winston Liauw, CPAC Advisory Committee
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
  • William Majoni, Northern Territory
  • Jenny Martin, CPAC Advisory Committee
  • Judy Savige, Victoria
  • Gillian Shenfield, CPAC Advisory Committee
  • Jacqueline Small, Paediatrics and Child Health Division
  • Robert Van Den Berg, South Australia
  • Robyn Wallace, Tasmania
  • Charles Watson, Western Australia

Who is on the College Policy and Advocacy Council Advisory Committee?

The Advisory Committee is a nine-member body, established through a merits based selection and appointment process, including the Chair and Deputy Chair of Council.

  • Nick Buckmaster, member
  • Sophie Couzos, member
  • John East​wood, member
  • Christian Gericke, Deputy Chair
  • George Laking, member
  • Mark Lane, President-Elect (Chair)
  • Winston Liauw, member
  • Jenny Martin, member
  • Gillian Shenfield, member
Current CPAC–AC term runs 2017 - 2020.

Contact us

Contact the Policy and Advocacy Unit at ​ for further information on the College Policy and Advocacy ​Council and its Advisory Committee.

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