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 Select Committee on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill

Published
12 Dec 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Mental health
Description
The RACP strongly supports the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill and commends the commitment it makes by placing Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te ao Māori, tikanga Māori and whānau-centred approaches to wellbeing at the forefront of its approach.

RACP submission on the Medical Council of New Zealand's Naming Policy

Published
09 Dec 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Ethics
Description
The RACP supports the Medical Council’s proposed Naming Policy and suggests some minor clarifications to improve readability.

RACP Model of Chronic Care Management

Published
09 Dec 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Health system
Description
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Model of Chronic Care Management (MCCM) (for multi-morbidities) is a way to provide complex multiple condition management through a central coordinating mechanism, integrating care. There are two pathways: from primary care or from secondary care, using a risk algorithm. Unlike some other models, this approach addresses a gap in care – for intermediate level patients for whom physician care is integral, along with general practitioners.

RACP Submission to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services consultation into Looking after Children’s Health in Out-of-Home Care

Published
03 Dec 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health
Description
All children should have the same opportunity to fulfill their potential. While data regarding the health and wellbeing of children in out-of-home care in Australia are limited, there is evidence that this demographic has poorer physical, mental and developmental health compared to their peers. This RACP submission to the Victorian Government discusses key solutions to these pressing issues.

Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Published
02 Dec 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Aged health
Description
This submission addresses all terms of reference of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety including residential aged care facilities, palliative care, dementia, rehabilitation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services among others. We stress the need for timely risk assessment, more health literacy within the community on healthy ageing, early patient centered management of conditions in cross sector integrated approaches and to support reducing avoidable hospital admissions.

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Policy brief for Australia 2019

Published
27 Nov 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Climate change
Description
The RACP contributed to this policy brief for Australia, which provides recommendations for Australian policymakers based on the 2019 MJA-Lancet Countdown Australia report and the global Lancet Countdown report.

RACP, AFOEM, and TSANZ joint submission to National Dust Disease Taskforce

Published
13 Nov 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
This Submission to the National Dust Disease Taskforce details measures recommended be implemented across all jurisdictions and nationally to address the current epidemic of accelerated silicosis and identify and control other new or emerging occupationally acquired lung diseases.

RACP Submission to the Ministry for Primary Industries on Folic Acid Fortification

Published
12 Nov 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Public health
Description
The RACP strongly supports the mandatory folic acid fortification of non-organic bread making flour, due to the conclusive evidence of its role in reducing the rate of Neural Tube Defects.

RACP Submission to the Ministry of Health Healthy Food and Drink Guidance Survey

Published
08 Nov 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Public health
Description
The RACP welcomes the development of the Healthy Food and Drink Guidance, and the progress it represents towards improving health in children across Aotearoa New Zealand. However, we hope that it represents a more comprehensive policy approach to food environments, and that this will be extended outside the school in further tranches of policy in the future.

RACP submission to the NDIS Act review

Published
01 Nov 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Disability
Description
This submission outlines the College’s feedback to the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Act Review exploring areas to improve the participant experience with the NDIS.
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