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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The RACP’s submission to the Department of Health and Aged Care review of the Aged Care Quality Standards focused on the Clinical Care Standard. The Standards describe to providers, people working in the sector, older Australians, and their families, what should be expected in aged care. The feedback covers two aspects: where a relevant element has been omitted, and where further definition or specificity is needed to ensure providers are able to respond to the Standards as intended. For example, consultant physician care was not referred to, and we suggested that culturally safe care should be embedded as a core principle across all standards in the health and aged care sectors.
This College submission addresses the Parliamentary Inquiry into Long COVID and repeated COVID infections Terms of Reference. The RACP calls on the Australian Government to implement a range of measures to mitigate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the health system and healthcare workers.
This joint submission with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) provides the perspectives of physicians, paediatricians and psychiatrists on the need for thorough regulation of online gambling provision and an integrated public health response when treating those experiencing gambling harm.
Election-related health advocacy
The Victorian Regional Committee has developed the 2022 Election Statement to identify, convey, and advocate for its priority areas.
This submission provides the RACP’s feedback on Telehealth New Zealand’s Patient Anywhere Specialist Everywhere (PASE) model of care. While this patient-centred telehealth model appears to be a great addition to the expanding toolkit for provision of equitable and accessible health care in Aotearoa New Zealand, the appropriate mechanisms must be put in place and certain barriers to implementation addressed to ensure the attainment of the intended objectives and benefits of PASE.
The College’s Pre-Budget Submission to the Australian Treasury called on the Australian Government to prioritise measures relevant to delivering and enhancing its commitments to move us towards a sustainable, resilient and future-focused health system for all Australians.
The Budget delivered by the Australian Treasurer on Tuesday 25 October 2022 adopted many recommendations the College has been advocating for. This document provides a high-level overview of wins in key advocacy areas.
This submission supports the revised Medical Council of New Zealand Statement on doctors and health-related commercial organisations. The RACP also highlights areas for improvement to better ensure doctors can recognise any bias or conflicts of interest that may arise in interactions with health-related commercial organisations.
The Australian Government’s National Medicine Policy (NMP) aims to set the direction and approach for the availability and use of medicines in Australia. It is applicable to medicines research, development, regulation, manufacture, evaluation, supply, and access. It seeks to promote the quality use of medicines by focusing on the needs of people and the responsibilities of health professionals to support all communities in Australia to achieve optimal health outcomes.
The College’s third submission to inform the Australian Government’s National Medicines Policy (NMP) Review focuses on three important areas that the revised NMP needs to adequately address to be effective: (1) governance, accountability, evaluation and resourcing; (2) improving pathways to allow equitable access to needed treatments for all Australians and (3) embedding relevant specialist advice throughout the NMP process.
This submission provides the College’s feedback on the New South Wales State Insurance Regulatory Authority’s (SIRA) draft health outcomes and reporting framework for the NSW Workers Compensation and CTP schemes. It stresses that the Framework needs to:
• highlight the importance of identifying and managing psychosocial risk factors as part of value-based healthcare
• acknowledge the important role different health professionals play in the schemes
• acknowledge the important role employers play in improving return to work outcomes
• make clear that motor accidents affect individuals across the age spectrum
• make the best use of data to measure health outcomes
Following the May 2022 election, the new Australian Government will deliver its first Budget on 25 October 2022. This out-of-cycle Budget will focus on the commitments the Government made in the election campaign and since it took office. This RACP Pre-Budget submission to the Australian Treasury focuses on measures relevant to delivering and enhancing Government commitments to move us towards a sustainable, resilient and future-focused health system for all Australians, it is structured along four priority areas: system reform, equity, prevention and climate resilience.