Regional Committee Priorities

Regional Committee priorities

The RACP delivers policy and advocacy functions at a bi-national, national and state/territory level. The Australian Regional Committees (formerly state and territory committees) drive the RACP’s policy and advocacy related to state and territory issues. The Regional Committee Chairs are also members of the College’s Policy and Advocacy Council and as such have direct input into the overall College policy and advocacy priorities.

The Chair and Committee members regularly liaise with relevant government departments, primary health networks and hospitals, respond to submission requests and consultations, provide policy advice directly to state and territory government, advocate on behalf of the RACP and its members, and serve as ambassadors of the RACP within their sphere of influence. 

Each Regional Committee is a vital part of the RACP policy and advocacy network by:

  • Being the first port of call for local Fellows and trainees regarding policy matters and communicatingregularly with the local membership
  • Advocating on College policy matters, and maintaining strong relationships with State Health Ministers, Departments of Health and other key local stakeholders
  • Maintaining strong relationships with hospitals and relevant health organisations
  • Supporting national campaigns, drawing on their members’ expertise, local knowledge and networks to inform cross-College policy and advocacy efforts
  • Advocating and escalating policy issues of State and Territory importance to the broader College
  • Providing regional educational opportunities to local Fellows and trainees that align with broader College policy and advocacy goals
  • Recognising the policy and advocacy contributions of local Fellows

To access each region's page for contact details, local activities and other information please see RACP State Offices.  

For further information on regional policy priorities please contact policy@racp.edu.au, or visit the Policy and Advocacy Library for state and territory policy documents.

Recent submissions, position statements and resources

Time to put the brakes on open speeds

The Northern Territory road toll is five times higher than the Australian national average – a major concern for physicians.

Trauma and injury are the second leading cause of death in the Northern Territory – largely due to road accidents. The reintroduction of open speed zones on the Stuart Highway in 2014 was a backwards step for road safety in the NT, placing all road users at heightened risk of injury or death in a car accident.

Led by our NT committee members, the RACP is calling for an immediate end to the policy of open speed zones.

The RACP is working with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) to raise awareness of the risks of open speed zones and advocate for a safe driving culture in the NT which puts the health and welfare of all road users first.

The RACP, RACS and ACEM have released a video describing the tragic impact of high speed road accidents for individuals and the community.

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