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: The Queensland Law Reform Commission’s legal framework for voluntary assisted dying

Published
27 Nov 2020
Published in
Qld, Australia
Topic
Euthanasia
Description
This submission on the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s legal framework for voluntary assisted dying is based on the RACP Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). The submission builds on the VAD-related section of the RACP’s previous submission to the Queensland Parliament inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying of April 2019. The submission discusses a number of issues most relevant to the College’s remit and expertise. However, it is important to note that the existence of divergent member views constrains the RACP from developing a single position on the legalization VAD and precludes the College from engaging in discussing the eligibility criteria or processes for VAD, beyond emphasizing the need for strong, appropriately implemented safeguards to protect potential participants in any such scheme.

RACP Submission: National Dust Disease Taskforce_Second Consultation

Published
17 Nov 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Occupational and environmental health
Description
This submission to the Australian National Dust Disease Taskforce’s second consultation was led by the College’s Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM). It makes the following key recommendations to address the prevention, early identification, control and management of dust diseases of accelerated silicosis and other occupationally-acquired dust diseases: - Establishment of a licensing scheme - Implementation of a national dust disease registry - More involvement of occupational and environmental medicine physicians and other medical specialists in the whole process - Increased and improved health and workplace monitoring.

RACP Submission: Actuaries Institute Disability Insurance Taskforce - Feedback

Published
04 Nov 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Occupational and environmental health
Description
This submission focuses specifically on aspects of the Taskforce’s review into individual disability income insurance that are most relevant to the knowledge and expertise of physicians. Its stresses the need for an increased focus on early intervention, the use of multi-disciplinary assessments for complex cases and the important skills occupational and environmental physicians and rehabilitation medicine physicians have in assessing occupational disability and fitness for work

RACP Submission: NSW Government consultation – Independent Review of Insurance and Care NSW

Published
04 Nov 2020
Published in
NSW, Australia
Topic
Public health
Description
This submission focuses on how the New South Wales’ workers’ compensation system can produce better health outcomes for workers injured at work by putting the health of workers at the centre of the NSW workers’ compensation scheme by adopting evidence-based treatment and care and emphasising prevention of injury; focusing on early timely and proactive claims management and utilising the expertise of specialist physicians

COVID-19: Guidance on workplace risk management (updated 23/10/2020)

Published
23 Oct 2020
Topic
Occupational and environmental health
Description
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how to implement the principles of infection prevention and control with respect to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, using the hierarchy of controls, a commonly understood framework for managing workplace health and safety risks. This will assist workplaces to manage the risk of COVID-19 on similar terms as for any other workplace hazard.

RACP 2020 Queensland election statement

Published
23 Oct 2020
Published in
Qld, Australia
Topic
Government
Description
The Queensland Regional Committee has developed the Election Statement to identify, convey, and advocate for its priority areas.

RACP Submission to Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services

Published
16 Oct 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Hospital funding
Description
This submission to the IHPA Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2021-22 focuses on the following issues: Impact of COVID-19; Adjusting the national efficient price; Alternate funding models.

RACP Submission: Quality Use of Medicines and Medicines Safety

Published
12 Oct 2020
Published in
Australia
Topic
Health system
Description
This submission comments on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Baseline report on Quality Use of Medicines and Medicines Safety – Discussion Paper

RACP submission to the Victorian Workers’ Compensation System: Independent Review into the Agent Model and the Management of Complex Claims – Discussion paper

Published
07 Oct 2020
Published in
Vic, Australia
Topic
Occupational and environmental health
Description
This RACP submission seeks to inform the Independent Review into the Victorian workers’ compensation system’ Agent Model and the Management of Complex Claims. It focuses on how the Victorian workers’ compensation system can produce better health outcomes for workers injured at work.

RACP Submission to PHARMAC – Funding of Type 2 Diabetes Medicines

Published
02 Oct 2020
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Health care reform
Description
While the RACP supports funding of the proposed medicines, the framework in which it is proposed to be implemented will cause inequity and should be altered to ensure access for Māori.
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