Paediatrics and Child Health Division

Paediatrics is a medical specialty concerned with the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Advocacy for the health needs of children and young people is a key component of a paediatrician’s work.

Paediatric policy and advocacy priorities include the development of position papers on the role of paediatricians in providing mental health care for children and young people, indigenous child health and early childhood.

At Congress 2018, we launched our latest position paper on inequities in child health underpinning our child health inequities advocacy campaign. The RACP is calling on government, policy makers ad practitioners to join in efforts to urgently tackle inequities in children's health, development and wellbeing. For more information please visit our inequities in child health webpage.

Through the RACP, paediatricians are also advocating for the health of children in detention, children seeking asylum, the need to protect children from the potential for abuse, and equity in access to health care. We also advocate for adequate for adequate and appropriate sexual and reproductive health care for young people.

The Paediatric Policy and Advocacy Committee oversee the paediatric policy and advocacy agenda. This includes developing RACP policy positions relating to child health and informing RACP advocacy on issues related to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Position Statements

Recent submissions

RACP podcasts and other resources

PCHD Policy & Media Outputs

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Adolescents and young adults face a range of specific health challenges that, if properly managed, can enhance their health and wellbeing throughout adulthood. The RACP advocates for health system responses to the unique health needs of this age group. This work is led by the RACP’s Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Committee. This has included a particular focus on access to appropriate health care for young people – particularly those with chronic health conditions.

This Committee has also contributed to advocacy on the health needs of LGBTQIA young people, the mental health of young people, and sexual and reproductive health care of young people.

How can I contribute my expertise?

RACP Trainees and Physicians need to see Represent Your Profession or email 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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