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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Response to the Australian government’s review of the Commonwealth funded schemes under the Indemnity Insurance Fund, assessing whether existing arrangements continue to be ‘fit for purpose’ for all parties. The measures were implemented following an insurance industry crisis in 2002 and significant premium increases, such that some medical practitioners considered leaving the profession or ceasing high-risk procedures.
The College’s view is that the measures have provided industry stability and affordability of indemnity insurance which is vital to ensuring patient access to care. We would be concerned if the risky step of disbanding effective measures was taken without a full analysis and guarantee that their removal would not trigger a return to such a situation.
This is the RACP's response to the Draft Report on the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions
Child health and young adult medicine
A list of policies and position statements released to the media by the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the RACP.
This RACP submission comments on the Australian government’s paper on ‘Options to reduce pressure on private health insurance premiums by addressing the growth of private patients in public hospitals'.
The RACP is supportive of the NDIS and its Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. In this submission, we outline our concerns regarding some aspects of the ECEI approach including
how it responds to more complex health and support needs of children living with disability and their families.
This submission has been developed in response to the Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee’s five year review of the HSR System. It outlines that whilst we believe the HSR System has the potential to be an effective mechanism to encourage consumers to choose healthier options, to date, its effectiveness has been hindered by irregularities in ratings causing confusion amongst consumers and health professionals.
This submission has been developed in response to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. It focuses on the measures proposed under schedules 12, 13 and 14, which will directly impact the health of welfare recipients with drug or alcohol use and addiction issues.
Access to healthcare
This is the RACP submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs’ inquiry into the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket (OOP) medical costs
In this submission the RACP comments on the Productivity Commission Draft Report on Reforms to Human Services, focusing on its recommendations on referral choice reforms, public performance reporting of hospitals and specialists, human services in remote Indigenous communities and end of life care.
This Submission was developed to provide feedback on the NSW Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 and highlights practice level implications for physicians. The Submission should not be taken to mean the College supports the intention of this Bill.