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 supports proposed changes to the Medical Council’s telehealth statement. In the post-COVID environment, the changes better reflect the reality of telehealth in a modern environment. However, we believe that the statement still represents a relatively conservative position, which could be opened up in the future.
The RACP believes that currently, the Discussion Paper fails to properly address the issue of equity, and its many implications in the use of artificial intelligence. While the Discussion Paper aptly considers other issues, it would be greatly improved by the inclusion of a more comprehensive analysis of the way equity will interact with the future use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.
Noting the overt implications of both clinical responsibility and registration obligations, the RACP Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine supports the position that all of its Fellows are obligated to maintain professional skills relevant to the requirements of their clinical and administrative practice.
This RACP submission is supplementary to the RACP’s previous submission on the draft Framework1 which highlights that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is an absolute commitment to pursuing health equity for Māori, which should not be subsumed under other concerns.
This supplementary submission focuses specifically on the ethical issues outlined in the NEAC Framework and has been developed by the RACP Ethics Committee. It should be read in conjunction with the previous RACP submission.
This RACP submission to the Royal Commission for Aged Care focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on the aged care sector. Physicians address firstly, serious concerns about Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) and secondly, experience relating to hospital and community care. The RACP will work with all levels of Government to improve services for older persons, and specifically medical care, so that the harm and potential for harm to older people related to COVID-19 is minimised and high quality, responsive and timely care becomes the sustainable standard.
The Northern Territory Regional Committee has developed the Election Statement to identify and advocate for its priority areas. The statement makes NT-specific recommendation on priority areas drawn from existing approved College positions.
The RACP believes that the Framework is well written and competently describes the tension between ethical considerations. However, the application of these considerations in the examples does not prioritise equity, and instead leaves decisions to be made simply on the perspective of the clinician. This has the possibility to exacerbate systemic issues in health and should be revised.
The RACP broadly supports the changes proposed by the Council as they update the Statement to better reflect the realities of the Aotearoa New Zealand health system, make it more readable and accessible to a wide range of people. This is reflected in the addition of the summary box and the general move towards the use of concise language. The Statement in this form better reflects the purpose of the Council to protect patients by making resources easier to access, and easier to interpret.