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 is a representational body of 27 members, including those members of the Advisory Committee.

The Council is going through a turnover period, as such some of the positions are waiting to change over whilst their representative College bodies also undergo turnover and identify their Council member.

  • Nick Buckmaster, CPAC AC
  • Don Campbell, AMD President-Elect
  • Robin Chase, AFOEM PAC (Outgoing member)
  • Jonathan Christiansen, NZ Committee (Outgoing member)
  • Stephen Clarke, ACT/NSW Regional Committee (Outgoing member)
  • Sophie Couzos, CPAC AC
  • Gregory Crawford, AChPM President
  • Peter Davoren, QLD Regional Committee (Outgoing member)
  • John East​wood, CPAC AC
  • Niki Ellis, CPAC Chair
  • Tim Geraghty, AFRM President (Outgoing member)
  • Christian Gericke, CPAC Deputy Chair
  • Noel Hayman, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee
  • George Laking, CPAC AC and ​Maori Health Committee
  • Winston Liauw, CPAC AC
  • Nick Lintzeris, AChAM President-Elect
  • William Majoni, NT Regional Committee (Outgoing member)
  • Jenny Martin, CPAC AC
  • Nathan Ryder, AChSHM Committee Policy and Advocacy Lead
  • Judy Savige, VIC Regional Committee (Outgoing member)
  • Gillian Shenfield, CPAC AC
  • Brett Sutton, AFPHM PAC (Outgoing member)
  • Pat Tuohy, PCHD PAC Chair
  • Robert Van Den Berg, SA Regional Committee Chair (Outgoing member)
  • Robyn Wallace, TAS Regional Committee (Outgoing member)
  • Mike Lucas, WA Regional Committee (Outgoing member)
  • College Trainee Committee (VACANT)

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
  • Niki Ellis, Chair
  • Christian Gericke, Deputy Chair
  • George Laking, member
  • 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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