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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Employment, Poverty and Health – Evidence Review

Published
08 May 2019
Topic
Description
This document supports the Statement of Principles by presenting the foundation of evidence to support the strategies that are presented. The Evidence Review summarises available evidence from other medical Colleges and health organisations regarding the social determinants of health and health benefits of good work, and identifies key gaps where the College could add value.

Employment, Poverty and Health – Statement of Principles

Published
08 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Occupational and environmental health
Description
This document is a broad principles-based guide for healthcare provision that focuses on actions that doctors can undertake to promote safe, healthy work and to have the greatest impact on social determinants of health. Each principle can be applied to different areas of health service delivery, and adapted to reflect individual community needs as required.

RACP submission to the NZ Ministry of Health Stroke Clot Retrieval Action Plan

Published
07 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Government
Description
The RACP supports Stroke Clot retrieval using the technologies identified in the Action Plan (stroke clot retrieval with intravenous (IV) alteplase thrombolysis, computed tomography (CT) imaging, CT angiography and CT perfusion).

RACP submission to the Arms Amendment Bill

Published
07 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Safety and quality
Description
This Arms Amendment Bill will prohibit the public use of military style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAs, introducing amendments to repeal references to military style semi-automatic weapons and restricting licences for specific purposes as listed in the Bill. RACP supports the Bill in its entirety.

RACP submission to NZMA for updated Code of Ethics for the New Zealand Medical Profession

Published
06 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Ethics
Description
The RACP welcomes and supports this latest iteration of the NZMA’s Code of Ethics and believe many of the changes improve the document particularly the introduction of reference to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and the inclusion of the World Medical Association’s amended Declaration of Geneva as Appendix to the Code.

RACP submission to Health Quality and Safety Commission Misuse of Drugs Amendment

Published
06 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Public health
Description
The RACP believes it is essential for New Zealand to have robust data and evidence and supports a comprehensive and wide-ranging set of actions to reduce the risk of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in New Zealand with antimicrobial prescribing in both hospital and community settings.

RACP submission to the Ministry of Health – Theraputic Products Bill 2019

Published
06 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Government
Description
The RACP generally supports of the Therapeutic Products (TP) Bill, which when implemented will replace the Medicines Act 1981. We recognises that the health care landscape, TP research and development sector has undergone enormous change in the time since the Medicines Act was passed. The need for this legislation is increasingly underscored as health and other sectors grapple with new research and development, and rapid technological change including artificial intelligence, machine learning and precision medicine.

Early childhood: Importance of Early Years Position Statement

Published
02 May 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
This position statement highlights policy priorities that are vital to improving early childhood development in Australia and New Zealand. It can assist policymakers and health professionals working with children and families with the development of local and national policies, programmes and interventions that focus on early child development to protect and promote healthy life-course trajectories.

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.
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