PCHD Policy & Advocacy Committee mid-year communiqué 2019

The following communiqué highlights the key activities of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) for the first half of 2019.

PPAC Membership

The composition of the PPAC has remained unchanged throughout the first half of 2019, this has allowed PPAC members to learn one another’s strengths and areas of expertise and has helped us to work together to achieve the committee’s goals.

View the current membership of the PPAC here.

Position Statements

  • Early Childhood: Importance of the Early Years: This position statement was launched at Congress 2019 as part of the session: “The First 1000 Days – the window of opportunity for long-term health”.
  • Indigenous Child Health: Scheduled for completion around the end of 2019.
  • Circumcision of infant males: A working group has been convened to oversee a literature review and quotes have been sought from suppliers.

Advocacy will be focused on Early Childhood and Inequities in Child Health for the remainder of 2019 with scoping work to begin on future position statements.

The PPAC have contributed to numerous PCHD policy and advocacy outcomes in the last six months, which include:

Submissions and Proposals

  • RACP submission: TGA public consultation on proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women – January 2019
  • RACP submission: Consultation on NSW music festival safety guidelines – January 2019
  • RACP submission: Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the social and economic benefits of improving mental health – March 2019
  • RACP submission: MBS review reports in primary care which are relevant to paediatrics – February 2019
  • RACP submission: The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – April 2019
  • RACP submission: The Royal Commission Terms of Reference re Victoria’s Mental Health System – June 2019
  • RACP submission to South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill - Consultation Discussion Paper – June 2019

Letters / Public Statements / Contributions

  • RACP endorsement of support letter to WHO Director General to support the WHO's decision to add Gaming Disorder as a diagnosis in the International Classification of Diseases for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics 11th Edition.
  • RACP endorsement of DEA call for stricter licensing conditions for coal fired power stations in NSW, making the installation of modern pollution control technologies a mandatory requirement so as to control emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).
  • Medical Specialist Access Framework (MSAF) – a guide to equitable access to Specialist Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (the Framework). The Framework is the RACP’s principal contribution to Strategy 1B of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023
  • Employment, Poverty and Health Statement of Principles + accompanying Evidence Review paper.
  • RACP endorsement of NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) Federal Election Proposal which seeks national action on the health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disability. There is also an open letter to major political parties which supports the proposal.
  • RACP membership of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance.
  • Inquiry into Support for Australia’s thalidomide survivors – letter to the Chair of the Senate of Community Affairs Reference Committee

See all other recent PCHD submissions, position statements and media.

Your feedback and queries are always welcomed. Get in touch at paed@racp.edu.au

Dr Pat Tuohy, Chair
Paediatrics & Child Health Division Policy & Advocacy Committee
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