We have several advocacy activities underway to support you:
- We contacted the Australian state and federal Department of Health and Ministry of Health in Aotearoa New Zealand to emphasise the importance of government support for our Fellows and trainees at the frontline of this crisis. We highlighted personal protective equipment (PPE) and health and safety considerations.
- We received concerning reports on community-based specialists having difficulty accessing PPE. Through the media, we’re calling on governments to ensure all specialist physicians, as well as GPs, have access to PPE. We raised the issue with the Australian Federal Health Minister’s office and the Department of Health and we're also talking with New Zealand authorities.
- In Australia, expanded access to telehealth is a top priority. We're collecting examples from members and pursuing circumstances requiring expanded access.
- In both Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, we are amplifying calls for an equity lens and Indigenous self-determination in all COVID-19 decisions – medical unit prioritisation, resource rationing and data collection.
RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group
We've formed a COVID-19 Expert Reference Group (ERG) with specialists in infectious diseases, public health, occupational and environmental medicine, geriatrics, paediatrics and respiratory medicine.
The ERG meets weekly to discuss advocacy priorities, review government advice on COVID-19 and identify resources to share with members. Members will receive weekly updates on COVID-19 happenings.
COVID-19 Expert Reference Group - Terms of Reference PDF 106KB
Specialist physicians urge people with chronic health conditions not to defer visits (6 May)
Joint Media Statement Minister for Health, Australian Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer – Health professionals support COVIDsafe app (26 April)
COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate existing inequalities in Aotearoa NZ (24 April)
Improving support for patients receiving treatment for opioid dependence during COVID-19 outbreak (24 April)
RACP says face masks must be conserved for frontline health workers (6 April 2020)
RACP supports expansion of telehealth (29 March 2020)
RACP rejects idea of moving to exclude COVID-19 from death cover (27 March 2020)
Physicians welcome expansion of telehealth (23 March 2020)
Physicians call for Telehealth to be expanded to all consultations (20 March 2020)
Physicians need access to personal protective equipment (18 March 2020)
Physicians welcome Government response package COVID 19 (11 March 2020)
RACP Māori Health Committees’ Equity Statement on COVID-19 (PDF)
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