The RACP delivers policy and advocacy functions at a bi-national, national and regional level. The Regional Committees drive the RACP’s policy and advocacy related to regional 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 communicating regularly 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
For regional contact details, local activities and other information, see Regional offices.
For further information on regional policy priorities, email email@example.com or browse the Policy and Advocacy Library for state and territory policy documents.
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.
Evidence Brief Open Speed Limits (PDF)
Open speeds social media resources:
With No Speed Limit We're All At Risk - Dr Christine Connors (Image)
We know the risk for road crashes - Dr Rosalie Schultz (Image)
Road Toll – Counting the Human Cost of Speed (PDF)
Prioritising Health: Victorian Election Statement 2018 (PDF)
Prioritising Health: South Australia Election Statement 2018 (PDF)
Prioritising Health: Tasmanian Election Statement 2018 (PDF)
Time for Action on Health Policy: Northern Territory Federal Election Statement 2016 (PDF)