Policy and Advocacy Library

The Policy and Advocacy Library is the culmination of the collaborative work of RACP ​members and comprises a comprehensive range of evidence-based, published RACP position statements, policies and submissions.

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RACP 2018-19 Pre-Budget Submission

Published
12 Jan 2018
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
The RACP’s Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19 outlines key health funding commitments for consideration by the Australian Government ahead of the 2018 Federal Budget.

RACP RACGP RANZCP Presidents letter to the Immigration Minister and Health Ministers on Manus Island

Published
12 Dec 2017
Topic
Asylum seekers
Description
The RACP, RACGP and RANZCP have jointly written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Health Ministers Greg Hunt, David Gillespie and Ken Wyatt, highlighting our concerns that asylum seekers on Manus Island are reportedly in poor health and unable to access the healthcare needed and calling for attention to a number of matters.

The regulatory framework for advertising therapeutic goods

Published
06 Dec 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Therapeutics
Description
This submission has been developed to provide advice to the TGA on the design of the new complaints handling process – that is, whether it should be performed by the TGA, another Commonwealth agency or outsourced to an external service provider.

Health and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Position Statement

Published
30 Nov 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Disability
Description
This position statement specifically addresses the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its relevance for the health of people living with disabilities. The recommendations contained in this position statement are intended for a broad audience, including physicians and the broader health sector, the National Disability Insurance Agency, governments, disability service providers, and people living with disability and their families and carers.

RACP submission to Inquiry into Support for New Parents and Babies NSW

Published
30 Nov 2017
Published in
NSW, Australia
Topic
Child health
Description
The College has made a submission to the Inquiry into Support for New Parents and Babies in New South Wales, addressing the services and structures needed for new parents in NSW, especially those who need extra support, to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their babies.

RACP submission Development of a Framework for Secondary Use of My Health Record Data

Published
17 Nov 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Digital Health
Description
The RACP’s submission supports responsible secondary use of My HR data, but recommends the Framework strategically lean towards protecting privacy and away from more liberal provision of data, and that safeguards accompany any identifying or potentially identifying information.

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Guide to Pregnancy and Work

Published
14 Nov 2017
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Occupational medicine
Description
This Guide to Pregnancy and Work has been produced by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The RACP to provide general information and advice regarding workplace pregnancy issues for pregnant women in the workplace, women of reproductive capacity who are at work, employers, post-partum employees and health professionals. This Guide is not intended to be a substitute for specific advice for women of reproductive capacity, pregnant employees, or post-partum employees, from their general practitioner, gynaecologist, obstetrician or other relevant health practitioner. As far as possible, the information outlined in this Guide is based on the best available evidence at the time of writing. Where no evidence or data is available the information has been based on guidelines and best practice from expert organisations which are referenced throughout.

Harnessing the health benefits of good work

Published
07 Nov 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description

Encouraging the uptake of biosimilars in Australia

Published
03 Nov 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Access to healthcare
Description
This submission to the Department of Health outlines the RACP’s views on the proposed implementation of two biosimilar uptake drivers in Australia, namely encouraging the prescribing of a biosimilar brand for treatment naïve patients and providing a lower authority level for prescribing biosimilar brands.

Submission to the Department of Health’s Expert Health Panel for Per- and Poly- Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Published
01 Nov 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Occupational and environmental health
Description
This joint AFOEM/AFPHM submission to the Department of Health’s Expert Health Panel for Per- and Poly- Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) centres around three key areas: 1. Health advice: Strongly advocating for a change to the national health advice that incorporates the latest complete body of evidence and that provides a more complete (if complex) picture of the evidence for adverse human health effects based on the precautionary principle. 2. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) ratification: The ratification of the PFOS 2009 listing, and the consideration of a more swift ratification of the PFOA listing in 2019 may through a ‘domestic treaty-making process’ reduce exposures to PFAS in Australia. 3. State and Commonwealth inconsistencies: A ban on firefighting foam containing PFOA and PFOS should be implemented nationally so that inconsistencies between States and the Commonwealth are removed.
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