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 Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19 outlines key health funding commitments for consideration by the Australian Government ahead of the 2018 Federal Budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Access to healthcare
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.
Occupational and environmental health
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.