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 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

RACP submission Senate Inquiry Welfare Reform Bill

Published
04 Aug 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Addiction medicine
Description
This submission has been developed in response to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. It focuses on the measures proposed under schedules 12, 13 and 14, which will directly impact the health of welfare recipients with drug or alcohol use and addiction issues.

Submission to OPCAT in Australia consultation

Published
17 Jul 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Asylum seekers
Description
This submission was made to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) as part of their civil society consultation on Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

RACP Submission: Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 [NSW]

Published
14 Jul 2017
Published in
NSW, Australia
Topic
End of life care
Description
This Submission was developed to provide feedback on the NSW Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 and highlights practice level implications for physicians. The Submission should not be taken to mean the College supports the intention of this Bill.

RACP Submission - National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs, Productivity Commission Position Paper

Published
11 Jul 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
The RACP submission is supportive of the NDIS and its aims and welcomes the Productivity Commission’s review of the Scheme’s costs as an important step in ensuring sustainability and providing certainty to Australian’s living with disability.

RACP Submission to Northern Territory Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review Issues Paper

Published
30 Jun 2017
Published in
NT, Australia
Topic
Description
This submission was made to the Northern Territory Government’s comprehensive public review of alcohol policies and legislation. The recommendations of the RACP will contribute to the development of an evidence-based overarching alcohol harm reduction framework for the Northern Territory.

RACP NZ Committee Submission: Health Select Committee Inquiry

Published
13 Jun 2017
Topic
Euthanasia
Description

RACP Submission to the NSW Law Commission’s Review of the Guardianship Act 1987 - Question Paper 5 Medical and Dental Treatment and Restrictive Practices

Published
16 May 2017
Published in
NSW, Australia
Topic
Palliative medicine
Description
This submission has been developed in response to the fifth consultation package of the review of the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW) which concerns Medical and Dental Treatment and Restrictive Practices.

RACP Submission to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy – Review of Australia’s Climate Change Policies

Published
01 May 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Climate change
Description
The purpose of this submission is to contribute the RACP’s expertise in the area of climate change and health to the Australian Government’s review of its climate change policies. It focuses on the important measures the Australian Government needs to incorporate in its climate change policies to ensure the health impacts of climate change are adequately addressed.

RACP Submission: Victorian Government Discussion Paper on a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Published
30 Apr 2017
Published in
Vic, Australia
Topic
Description
This Submission was developed to provide feedback on the Victorian Government’s Discussion Paper (published January 2017) on a proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill for Victoria and highlights practice level implications for physicians. The Submission must not be viewed as support for medical assistance in dying.
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