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 Australian Government Election Statement 2019

Published
16 Apr 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Election-related health advocacy
Description
As part of its 2019 Australian election campaign, the College has developed the Australian Government Election Statement 2019. The Statement sets out key recommendations for futureproofing the Australian healthcare system, organised into the three priority areas of sustainability, prevention and equity. The recommendations included in the Statement form a virtuous circle: they work to reinforce each other and amplify the overall benefits to the healthcare system and the community.

RACP submission on the draft National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People: 2020 to 2030

Published
05 Apr 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
This RACP submission commends the draft National Action Plan for its strong theme throughout the document of equity of outcomes for all children. Actions taken on child health are cumulative, and the National Action Plan should reflect a longer-term commitment to reducing inequities.

RACP NSW Election Statement

Published
01 Mar 2019
Published in
NSW, Australia
Topic
Election-related health advocacy
Description
The RACP’s NSW/ACT Regional Committee’s 2019 election statement identifies four policy priorities for the incoming government, with recommendations for action: physician wellbeing and workplace culture; the spike in accelerated silicosis; minimising harms of drug and alcohol consumption; and high-value care.

RACP submission to the Consultation on Implementation plans for the National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategies

Published
22 Feb 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Sexual health
Description
This RACP submission to the Consultation on Implementation plans for the National Blood Borne Virus (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) strategies has been developed based on the RACP’s ‘Principles of Good Sexual Health Care’ and fellow input.

RACP submission to the draft Productivity Commission report ‘A Better Way to Support Veterans’

Published
21 Feb 2019
Topic
Description
This College submission was developed by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Policy & Advocacy Committee (PAC), in consultation with the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) PAC. It provides feedback and recommendations to the Productivity Commission’s draft report into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans on ways to improve the current veterans’ compensation and rehabilitation system so that it works better in the interest of veterans, their families and the Australian community more broadly.

RACP advice on the use of gloves when examining children

Published
21 Feb 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) asked the RACP to provide advice on what constitutes contemporary, good practice in the examination of the genitals of children to inform the development of MBA’s revised guidelines on ‘Sexual boundaries in the doctor patient relationship.’ More specifically this letter contains some concise practical guidance when to use gloves when examining children that may be useful to clinicians.

AFRM Standards for the provision of Inpatient Adult Rehabilitation Medicine Services in Public and Private Hospitals

Published
19 Feb 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Rehabilitation medicine
Description
The purpose of these standards is to guide RACP Fellows, government, health service planners and administrators in their decision making about the provision of inpatient adult rehabilitation medicine services in public and private hospitals. This document builds upon previous versions of AFRM Standards documents and incorporates updated best practice and consensus guidelines into one single document.

RACP submission to Discussion Paper on a Proposed Productivity Commission inquiry into the private health sector

Published
15 Feb 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
This RACP submission comments on current practicalities associated with financial transparency of out-of-pocket (OOP) medical expenses and the challenges associated with delivering greater transparency and informed financial disclosure in the specialist physician space.

RACP Pre-Budget Submission 2019-2020

Published
14 Feb 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Government
Description
The RACP’s Pre-Budget Submission 2019-20 outlines key health funding commitments for consideration by the Australian Government ahead of the 2019 Federal Budget.

RACP Submission to the Public consultation on proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women

Published
11 Feb 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
RACP submission to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s public consultation on proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women which supports the recommendation to expand the time window for maternal pertussis vaccination.
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