Policy and Advocacy

Our members contribute extensive knowledge across more than 33 different specialties to advocate on behalf of their patients and communities.


Members have told us workplace issues is the top advocacy priority for the RACP. We want to hear from you!

Our Fellows and trainees care passionately about their profession and the people they treat. With the input of our members, we:

  • develop position statements, policy documents and strategies backed by scientific evidence to contribute to public debate on key healthcare issues
  • make submissions to a wide range of public health inquiries
  • maintain ongoing high-level relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders across the healthcare sector, the medical professions, state and Federal Government in Australia and national Government in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • proactively speak out in the media on behalf of patients, physicians and paediatricians on topical and relevant healthcare issues
  • publicly campaign on key issues through the media, social media, events and engagement with the community and decision makers.

Creating equitable and healthier communities

The College Policy and Advocacy Council Plan 2022–2026 (PDF) was developed with input from members through consultation, surveys and interviews. This process also lead to a Priorities and Principles diagram (PDF) that reflects key policy priorities of our membership.

Get involved in Policy and Advocacy

If you're an RACP member interested in policy and advocacy – we want to hear from you.

Policy and Advocacy Priorities

We care about a wide range of health care issues. Learn more here.

CPAC Reports

Read about the key activities of the College Policy & Advocacy Council (CPAC) and its representatives.

Policy and Advocacy Library

Search the Policy and Advocacy Library for published policy documents.


Part of a global movement, Evolve is an initiative that drives high-value, high-quality care.

Kids COVID Catch Up

Learn more about the Paediatrics & Child Health Division’s campaign to help kids catch up from the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy Climate Future

Learn more about our campaign for a climate-ready and climate-friendly healthcare system, backed by 9 other medical colleges.

Make It The Norm

The RACP's 'Make It The Norm' campaign calls for New Zealand policymakers to make health equity the norm and improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Medical Specialist Access Framework

The Framework is a guide promote and support equitable access to specialist care for Australia's Indigenous peoples.

Division, Faculty and Chapter Priorities

Our College is made up of 8 divisions, faculties and chapters. Learn more about their individual policy priorities.

Regional Committee Priorities

Learn more about the RACP's State and Territory policy and advocacy priorities.

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