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 Joint Letter to State and Territory Health Ministers Supporting Codeine UpScheduling

Published
18 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Addiction medicine
Description
This is the RACP's joint correspondence with the RACGP, RDAA, Painaustralia and CHF to State and Territory Health Ministers, outlining our support for the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision to make codeine prescription only from 1 February 2018 and the evidence which underpinned their decision. It also notes the widespread support for this decision in the medical community.

RACP submission DoH First Principles Review Indemnity Insurance Fund

Published
16 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
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 Independent Review of NRAS for Health Professionals

Published
16 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
This is the RACP's response to the Draft Report on the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions

PCHD Policy & Media Outputs 2017

Published
03 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
A list of policies and position statements released to the media by the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the RACP.

RACP Landmines and Cluster Munition Policy

Published
28 Sep 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Rehabilitation medicine
Description
This policy document updates and replaces the original AFRM Position Statement Landmine Policy published in November 2005. It provides an overview of the psychosocial impact of amputation (stigma and ostracisation et.) as well as the impact on the economy, the rates of poverty and starvation suffered by amputees. It urges the Australian Government to support the outlawing of stockpiling and persistent use of all landmines, explosive remnants of war, unexploded ordinances and cluster munitions. and current war zones in the Middle East.

RACP submission on private patients in public hospitals

Published
21 Sep 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Hospital funding
Description
This RACP submission comments on the Australian government’s paper on ‘Options to reduce pressure on private health insurance premiums by addressing the growth of private patients in public hospitals'.

Submission to the South Australian Public Health (Immunisation and Childhood Care Services) Amendment Bill 2017

Published
28 Aug 2017
Published in
SA, Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
In this submission the RACP comments on the proposed South Australian Public Health (Immunisation and Childhood Care Services) Amendment Bill 2017.

Submission to the Inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS ECE Approach

Published
23 Aug 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Disability
Description
The RACP is supportive of the NDIS and its Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. In this submission, we outline our concerns regarding some aspects of the ECEI approach including how it responds to more complex health and support needs of children living with disability and their families.

Climate Change and Health breakfast lecture

Published
17 Aug 2017
Topic
Description
In August 2017 the RACP hosted a breakfast event on climate change and human health, facilitated by Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine President Professor Lynne Madden, with guest speakers Dr Nick Watts, Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown, and Professor Tony Capon, inaugural Professor of Planetary Health at the University of Sydney.

RACP Submission to the Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee’s five year review of the Health Star Rating System

Published
04 Aug 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Public health
Description
This submission has been developed in response to the Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee’s five year review of the HSR System. It outlines that whilst we believe the HSR System has the potential to be an effective mechanism to encourage consumers to choose healthier options, to date, its effectiveness has been hindered by irregularities in ratings causing confusion amongst consumers and health professionals.

Tags: obesity | nutrition

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