Chapter of Addiction Medicine

What is Addiction Medicine?

Addiction Medicine is the comprehensive care of people with substance use and addiction disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction, and pharmaceutical dependency.

The Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) plays an important role in shaping public policy in the areas of health protection, prevention and health promotion for improved public and population health outcomes.

What is the College doing?

The AChAM Committee leads the Chapter’s policy and advocacy work; its current priorities are to:

  • develop a position statement with the AFPHM to influence Government drug policy.
  • advocate for better drug and alcohol treatment and
  • advocate for stronger alcohol regulation

Recent Submissions

RACP Submission to the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry titled Australia’s illicit drug problem: Challenges and opportunities for law enforcement

Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm

Submission to the WA Legislative Assembly’s Education and Health Standing - Inquiry into the Esther Foundation

AChAM submission to the Australian Department of Health consultation on the Post-market Review of Opiate Dependence Treatment Program Medicines

RACP response to Department of Health survey draft Terms of Reference on the Post-market review of the medicines listed on the PBS Opiate Dependence Treatment Program (PDF 21KB) 

RACP submission to NSW Government’s Regulation to support Real Time Prescription Monitoring consultation paper (PDF 285KB)

AChAM President's response to the draft Newcastle Destination Management Plan (February 2021)

RACP submission to NHMRC consultation on draft Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol (February 2020)

RACP submission to the Australian Senate inquiry into effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (December 2019)

RACP Submission to Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019 (September 2019)

RACP submission into the Parliament of NSW Joint Select Committee on Sydney's night-time economy (July 2019)

RACP Submission to the Special Commission of the Inquiry into the Drug 'Ice'

RTPM Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 2020 (PDF 195KB)

RACP Submission to the Consultation on the draft National Treatment Framework – Version 3   

RACP Submission to the Consultation on NSW music festival safety guidelines

RACP Submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019

RACP Submission to the South Australian Department of Health and Ageing's consultation paper titles Considering a model for mandatory assessment and/or treatment of those at extreme and immediate risk, based on the Victorian Severe Substance Dependency Treatment Act 2010 (PDF 106KB)

RACP submission to the Newcastle CBD Liquor Licence Conditions Review (January 2018) 

RACP Submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Prescription strong (Schedule 8) opioid use and misuse in Australia - options for a regulatory response (PDF 137KB)

RACP submission – consultation on the Australian draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 (February 2018)

RACP Submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote New South Wales (PDF 144KB)

RACP submission – NSW inquiry into Alcoholic Beverages Advertising Prohibition Bill (November 2017)

RACP submission Senate Inquiry Welfare Reform Bill (July 2017)

RACP Submission - Victorian Parliament Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017 (PDF 82KB)

RACP Submission - Victorian Parliament Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee Inquiry into Drug Law Reform (PDF 116KB)

RACP Submission - NSW Health 2016 Statutory Review of Part 2A of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (PDF 80KB)

RACP submission letter: NSW Draft Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016 (PDF 131KB)

RACP submission to the ACT Government’s community consultation on smoke-free playgrounds (PDF 107KB)

RACP submission to the Victorian to the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016 (PDF 110KB)

Contribute your expertise

RACP Trainees and Physicians need to see the Represent Your Profession page or email or use the online contact form.

Contact AChAM

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