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 believes that the proposed strategic goal, objectives and priority action areas are reasonable. However, reducing gambling harm requires a muilti-sector, interdisciplinary response and the College identifies a number of areas in which the strategy may be augmented.
The regulation of medicines and medical devices is of great importance to the College. The College submission to the first Discussion Paper of the National Medicines Policy (2000) Review advocates for ongoing Specialist Physician involvement throughout the process, draws attention to the strong need for this updated policy framework to operate consistently across all health sectors, to address the needs of different populations, to build the workforce, to improve medication safety, to secure supply chains and to be framed to safeguard the environment. As the Expert Advisory Committee will also be deciding on whether to expand the NMP to include health technologies or revise the definition of medicines, the RACP submission includes a range of significant factors that should be considered.
The RACP strongly supports the intention of the Bill to prohibit conversion practices. Efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity through the guise of health care are unethical. These practices are opposed to the fundamental principles of medical practice, being the promotion of wellbeing and not doing harm.
The RACP believes that, for the inquiry to be useful, it must focus on the intersections of different vectors of disadvantage in our society. If this is not the main focus, it risks simply reiterating existing knowledge, and providing a continued justification for a lack of action.
The RACP responded to the Victorian Health Secretary as part of the public consultation on the Draft Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026. The RACP broadly supports the Plan and provided feedback that actions need to be specific, measurable and incorporate strong reporting requirements. Suggestions were provided around early warning systems, green spaces and support for smaller health and community services to develop adaptation plans.
Child health and young adult medicine
The Department of Social Services is developing the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. The RACP submission provides feedback and ideas on how the successor plan’s first five-year implementation plan can create real change. The successor plan can only be successful if governments, the non-government and Aboriginal community-controlled sectors work together to identify and agree on more integrated approaches. This will require significant effort and investment and, given the scope of change required, should be a key focus of the implementation plan.
The RACP Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2022 (RAP) sets out key activities for the RACP to undertake to support the national reconciliation movement. The RAP includes sections on relationships, respect and opportunities. The RAP is part of the RACP’s implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Framework priority 4: fostering a culturally safe College.
The President of the RACP, the Presidents of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Paediatrics and Child Health Division and the Chairs of all Regional Committees have asked Health Minister Greg Hunt for the release of the Preventive National Obesity Strategy for an urgent final review and action.
The letter stresses the College's concern that the much delayed Strategy is at risk of becoming obsolete and ineffective if not acted on in a timely manner. The letter also notes that work on the Obesity Strategy's treatment aspects should proceed as the second phase of this critical undertaking.
Similar letters have been issued to all Australian health ministers and Shadow Health Minister Mark Butler. The letter is part of the College's ongoing efforts to tackle the challenge of obesity in a timely and resolute manner.
The RACP believes that the format of this consultation is not conducive to the development of useful and relevant feedback. Despite this, we include in our submission opinions from our members on the suitability of specific medicines for addition to the schedule.