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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Female genital mutilation cutting

Published
21 Oct 2019
Published in
NT,Qld,ACT,Tas,WA,Vic,NSW, Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
FGMC is relevant to paediatricians in Australia and New Zealand, and it is important that paediatricians are aware of the practice and the risks associated with it, and the opportunities for prevention and child protection.

RACP Submission to the Ministry of Health New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029

Published
11 Oct 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Health care reform
Description
The RACP strongly supports the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029 and the outcomes proposed therein, but believes further emphasis could be placed on a number of areas including Māori and Pacific leadership and governance of the cancer system.

Submission to Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019

Published
02 Oct 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Addiction medicine
Description
The RACP and its Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine welcome the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019. This submission reiterates our strong opposition to the proposed drug testing trial and our grounds for doing so.

RACP submission to the Ministry of Health's discussion document on He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy

Published
20 Sep 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Health care reform
Description
The RACP believes that the clear reference and incorporation of the Waitangi Tribunal Report Hauora is important, as it is the first stage to translate this ground-breaking report into policy. The RACP strongly supports the Te Tiriti o Waitangi as being the basis for the health and disability system of Aotearoa New Zealand and welcomes that direct links are formed through reference to the Articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Submission to Māori Affairs Select Committee on the inquiry into health inequities for Māori

Published
20 Sep 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Public health
Description
The RACP sees Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundational framework to guide the development of an equity-based public health system in Aotearoa New Zealand, to achieve equity of outcome for tangata whenua. It is concerning however that the inquiry does not effectively incorporate the social determinants of health and inequity, which risks the relevance of the inquiry’s findings and subsequent recommendations.

RACP Endorsement of The Noongar Boodja Statement on closing the gap on sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses among Indigenous peoples of Australasia

Published
19 Sep 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
The RACP has endorsed the Noongar Boodja Statement on closing the gap on sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) among Indigenous peoples of Australasia.

Submission on ACSQHC Consultation Draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard

Published
19 Sep 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
The RACP was invited by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to comment on its Consultation Draft Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard. This submission represents a consolidated view of all the cross College feedback that was received from different specialty groups.

RACP Submission to the Medical Council of New Zealand’s Statement on the maintenance and retention of patient records

Published
17 Sep 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Health system
Description
The RACP supports the statement and additions proposed by the Medical Council of New Zealand and welcomes the expanded focus on technology and its use in recording consultations.

RACP Submission to the Productivity Commission’s development of an Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

Published
10 Sep 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Indigenous health
Description
This RACP submission has a strong focus on the RACP Medical Specialist Access Framework (MSAF) and its principles, and also addresses a number of questions from the Issue Paper. The Indigenous Evaluation Strategy is intended to be used by all Australian Government agencies for policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The project was initiated in response to increasing calls for a stronger focus on monitoring and evaluation to improve Indigenous program design and delivery.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Consultation on oligosaccharides in infant formula

Published
05 Sep 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
This RACP submission to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Consultation on oligosaccharides in infant formula is based on Fellow input and existing College positions about infant formula
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