Chapter of Addiction Medicine

What is Addiction Medicine?

Addiction Medicine is the comprehensive care of people with substance use and addiction disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction, and pharmaceutical dependency.  The Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) plays an important role in shaping public policy in the areas of health protection, prevention and health promotion for improved public and population health outcomes. 

What is the College doing?

The AChAM is contributing to a number of RACP policy and advocacy projects, and the EVOLVE initiative, to create a list of the top 5 ‘low value' practices used in commonly encountered clinical scenarios within addiction medicine.  AChAM has also informed the RACP’s response on issues including: 

Drug and alcohol welfare measures

The AChAM has led the health and medical sector in calls to the Australian Government not to proceed with a drug testing trial of welfare recipients, on the grounds that the proposal is not evidence-based and would be potentially harmful. The leadership of the AChAM on this issue has brought the lack of funding for drug and alcohol treatment services to the forefront of political debate.

This work included providing a written submission to a Senate inquiry into the legislation, giving evidence at a public hearing, parliamentary engagement and significant media coverage.

On 7 December 2017, the Australian Senate voted to oppose the drug testing trial – a great advocacy outcome for the AChAM and the RACP.

RACP submission Senate Inquiry Welfare Reform Bill

Opinion Piece: Humiliating Australians on welfare is not the answer

RACP media release: Evidence shows that drug testing pilot won’t work

RACP media release: Outcome of Senate vote

How can I contribute my expertise?

RACP Trainees and Physicians need to see Represent Your Profession or email policy@racp.edu.au or use the online contact form

How do I contact AChAM?

Email AddictionMed@racp.edu.au or use the online contact form

Where can I read more?

Read published RACP policies, position statements or submissions by searching the Policy and Advocacy Library or view the latest Policy Submissions.
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