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 Council of Attorneys General Working Group reviewing the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Published
14 Feb 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health
Description
This RACP submission to the Council of Attorneys General Working Group reviewing the Age of Criminal Responsibility focuses on children aged 10 to 13 years old in the youth justice system that are physically and neurodevelopmentally vulnerable.

RACP submission to the Environment Select Committee – Urban Development Bill

Published
14 Feb 2020
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Indigenous health
Description
The RACP strongly supports action to improve the availability of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand, however we have significant concerns over the impact this Bill may have on Māori interests.

Submission to draft report into the Productivity Commissions inquiry into the social and economic benefits of improving mental health

Published
13 Feb 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Mental health
Description
This RACP submission is in response to the November 2019 draft report into the Productivity Commissions inquiry into the social and economic benefits of improving mental health

RACP Submission to the Religious Freedom Bill

Published
31 Jan 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Ethics
Description
This RACP submission to the Second Exposure Draft of the Religious Freedom Bill outlines the RACP’s opposition to the proposed Bill due to concerns over its potential negative impacts on patients’ health and wellbeing and patient access to safe and high-quality care.

RACP submission to the Ministry of Health – Proposed changes to paracetamol warning and advisory statements

Published
29 Jan 2020
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Therapeutics
Description
The RACP strongly supports proposed changes to paracetamol warning and advisory statements.

RACP submission to the NZMA Code of Ethics Review

Published
29 Jan 2020
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Ethics
Description
The RACP supports changes made in the final draft of the NZMA Code of Ethics, and proposes further amendments to ready the Code for final publication.

RACP submission to the Health Select Committee – Crimes (Definition of Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill

Published
24 Jan 2020
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Government
Description
The RACP strongly supports action to bring the definition of Female Gential Mutilation (FGM) contained in the Crimes Act into better alignment with international best-practice, but believes further work is needed to understand the causes of FGM in Aotearoa New Zealand.

RACP submission on the Budget Policy Statement 2020/21

Published
24 Jan 2020
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Government
Description
The RACP is supportive of the five broad priorities identified for the second Wellbeing Budget, however we believe there are significant improvements that could be made in many of these areas, including incorporation of the results of a number of reports and findings from across sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand.

RACP Submission to the Australian Senates Inquiry into Effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Published
02 Jan 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Health system
Description
This RACP Submission to the Australian Senate’s Inquiry into Effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) focuses on recommendations and key facts following RACP's previous FASD submission in 2011.

2020 - 2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Published
02 Jan 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Health system
Description
The RACP has prepared a constructive set of healthcare recommendations for the consideration of Government and ask that the 2020-2021 Budget look longer term. This submission also focuses on the joint needs of investment in prevention (and preventing condition exacerbation) and deep-seated health reform to better connect and sustain the health system.
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