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 2019, we launched our latest position paper on ‘Early childhood: the importance of the Early Years’ as part of our broader advocacy campaign on child health inequities. In its statement, the College puts forward a number of recommendations for governments, policy makers and practitioners to improve early childhood development in Australia and New Zealand with a strong focus on parental and infant mental health, nutrition, early childhood education and social welfare. For more information please find the position statement here and 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.
RACP submission to the South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill - Discussion Paper consultation
Early childhood: Importance of Early Years Position Statement
Inequities in Child Health Position Statement
Updated: Genital examinations in girls and young women a clinical practice guideline
Health and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Position Statement
The role of paediatricians in the provision of mental health services to children and young people
Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Young People
Newborn Screening in Australia
Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business – Paediatricians responding to the challenge of child protection
Early Intervention for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Oral Health in Children and Young People
Physical Punishment of Children
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
The Health and Well-being of Incarcerated Adolescents
Decision-Making at the End of Life in Infants, Children and Adolescents
Routine Adolescent Psychosocial Health Assessment
Health of children in out of home care (scheduled for review)
Breastfeeding Policy (scheduled for review)
Joint Statement and Recommendations on Vitamin K administration to newborn infants to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infancy
RACP written submission to Strategic Directions for Australian Maternity Services (consultation paper 2)
RACP submission to National Children’s Commissioner report: Australia’s progress implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
RACP submission to NSW Inquiry into Support for New Parents and Babies
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Submission: The diagnostic process for children, adolescents and adults referred for assessment of autism spectrum disorder in Australia: National guideline
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs, Productivity Commission Position Paper
Invitation to comment on MAIF Tribunal Amended Terms of Reference
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians: Northern Territory Committee Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory
Episode 17 - Better Practice in Paeds
Policy and media outputs
2019 PCHD policy and media outputs
2018 PCHD policy and media outputs
2017 PCHD policy and media outputs
2016 PCHD policy and media outputs
2015 PCHD policy and 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.
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