Influencing Federal Health Policy

The RACP is actively engaged in health policy deliberations in Australia and New Zealand. 
The diversity and breadth of expertise within the RACP membership make the College a valuable source of clinical and policy advice to decision-makers. Through the policy and advocacy work of the
RACP the voice of physicians and paediatricians is represented at the highest levels of government. The College is actively engaged across the range of key policy issues of importance to Fellows and Trainees including Indigenous health, the specialist training program, better integration of healthcare, therapeutics regulation, immunisation policy and high-level  government reviews such as the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) Review.   In recognition of Fellows’ clinical and policy acumen, the RACP is frequently invited to engage with influential policy consultations. As well as making submissions to Senate and other inquiries, RACP Fellows are often appointed to review ​committees, and invited to take part in Government policy roundtable discussions. 

Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions

The RACP has responded to the draft report on the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions.

The RACP supports the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), including its legislated objectives and guiding principles. Whilst the RACP ​agrees that more could be done to support effective workforce development and innovation, we have significant concerns with some of the changes proposed.

RACP submission Independent Review of NRAS for Health Professions (PDF 153KB)

Medical Indemnity Insurance

Response to the Australian government’s review of the Commonwealth funded schemes under the Indemnity Insurance Fund, assessing whether existing arrangements continue to be ‘fit for purpose’ for all parties. The measures were implemented following an insurance industry crisis in 2002 and significant premium increases, such that some medical practitioners considered leaving the profession or ceasing high-risk procedures.

The College’s view is that the measures have provided industry stability and affordability of indemnity insurance which is vital to ensuring patient access to care. We would be concerned if the risky step of disbanding effective measures was taken without a full analysis and guarantee that their removal would not trigger a return to such a situation.

RACP submission DoH First Principles Review Indemnity Insurance Fund (PDF 108KB)

Federal Budget 2017-18

The RACP’s Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18 outlines key health funding commitments for consideration by the Australian Government ahead of the 2017 Federal Budget. Read the RACP Pre-budget submission 2017-18 (PDF 151KB)

Specialist Training Program (STP)

The RACP’s submission to the recent consultation of the STP highlighted the success of the program and the need to ensure the program continues to deliver best-practice training for medical specialist throughout Australia. The College is delighted that the Government has recognised the program’s significance and has announced that 2016 STP places will increase from 900 to 1000. 
Read: RACP STP submission (PDF 510KB)

Indigenous access to specialist healthcare

Equity in access to healthcare is a hallmark of best-practice health systems, and the RACP is concerned by the continuing disparity in access to specialist care between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and their non-Indigenous counterparts. 

Having actively advocated for recognition by Government of the need for focus in this area, the RACP has welcomed the recent launch of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023. The Plan names the RACP as a lead entity to address this issue. Work has already begun on a Framework to address this issue.

Australian Federal Election Statement 2016

The RACP’s Australian Federal Election Statement outlines key health priorities for the incoming government and makes recommendations for strong policies which promote the health of all Australians.

Read the Time for Action on Health Policy: Australian Federal Election Statement 2016 (PDF 399KB)

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.

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