Advocacy

We have several advocacy activities underway to support you.

Personal protective equipment

Access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all RACP members on the frontlines of healthcare service delivery during COVID-19 is a top advocacy priority.

We're urging governments to:

  • ensure frontline health care workers have access to necessary PPE in public and private hospitals and residential aged care settings

  • ensure physicians and paediatricians in private practice in the community can access their PPE requirements privately or from the National Medical Stockpile

  • provide transparent information about reserves in the National Medical Stockpile, including by jurisdiction

  • extend the PPE requirement for N95 masks to aged-care facilities

Find out more about the results of our PPE survey and read our statement on the use of PPE.

Telehealth

We delivered results of our member survey on telehealth to the Federal Government. Results outlined telehealth benefits to patients, as identified by members. We used this to advocate for telehealth extension.

Our constructive discussions with Government have resulted in a 6-month extension of the MBS telehealth items introduced to cover the COVID-19 pandemic. Items used by specialists will continue unchanged.

Read more about the outcomes from our telehealth member survey.

Healthcare worker infection

We published a statement on healthcare worker infection in Victoria and are urging governments to:

  • commit to a target of zero occupationally-acquired healthcare worker COVID-19 infections

  • report nationally and by jurisdiction on healthcare workers testing positive to COVID-19 by age group, occupation, primary workplace and if the infection was occupationally acquired

COVID-19 Expert Reference Group

Our COVID-19 Expert Reference Group (ERG) includes specialists in:

infectious diseases
public health
occupational and environmental medicine
geriatrics

paediatrics
clinical pharmacology
respiratory medicine

The ERG meets fortnightly to discuss advocacy priorities, review government advice on COVID-19 and identify resources to share with members.

See our COVID-19 Expert Reference Group terms of reference (PDF).


Media releases

Telehealth extension a win for patient health, equity and health budgets | 18 September

Medical colleges welcome new health worker protection measures | 16 September

RACP says healthcare worker infection numbers in Victoria are extremely concerning | 25 August

RACP statement on use of PPE | 21 August

RACP survey: 20 per cent of physicians in public hospitals sourcing their own PPE – calls for greater transparency on government stockpile | 10 August

RACP advice on the use of masks in hotspots | 15 July

Survey of specialists shows telehealth can improve access and equity permanently | 12 June

Specialist physicians urge people with chronic health conditions not to defer visits | 6 May

Health professionals support COVIDsafe app Joint Media Statement Minister for Health, Australian Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer | 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

RACP supports expansion of telehealth | 29 March

RACP rejects idea of moving to exclude COVID-19 from death cover | 27 March

Physicians welcome expansion of telehealth | 23 March

Physicians call for Telehealth to be expanded to all consultations | 20 March

Physicians need access to personal protective equipment | 18 March

Physicians welcome Government response package COVID 19 | 11 March


Position statements

RACP Māori Health Committees’ Equity Statement on COVID-19 (PDF)


Social media

We share COVID-19 updates, resources and information via our social media platforms.

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