Policy and Advocacy Library

The 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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RACP Brief to inform the Unleashing the Potential of our Workforce Scope of Practice Review - Overview of the role of physicians and paediatricians in the Australian Government’s primary care reform

Published
12 Jun 2024
Topic
Government
Description
This RACP brief was submitted to the team leading the Unleashing the Potential of our Workforce Scope of Practice Review to inform Phase 3 of the Review. It provides an overview of the role of physicians and paediatricians in the Australian Government’s primary care reform and the delivery of high quality multi-disciplinary care in collaboration with general practitioners and allied health professionals.

RACP Submission to the draft National Autism Strategy

Published
11 Jun 2024
Published in
Australia
Topic
Disability
Description
This RACP submission outlines the College’s feedback to the Department of Social Services on the draft National Autism Strategy, which aims to help advance outcomes of autistic people and initiate a more coordinated, national approach to supporting the autistic community across Australia. This submission is based on existing College positions on Autism and member feedback.

RACP Submission to the Medical Council of New Zealand Statement on Treating yourself and those close to you

Published
30 May 2024
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Professionalism
Description
This submission is in response to the Medical Council of New Zealand's consultation on their draft statement Treating yourself and those close to you. The statement is intended to help doctors understand why, in most situations, they should not treat themselves or those with whom they have a close relationship. The submission responds to specific consultation questions. Key points raised in the submission include emphasising the importance of good consultation with those working in rural communities where alternative care options may be unavailable, and to consider broadening to definition of "exceptional circumstance" to consider the many reasons why Māori whānau and communities find themselves isolated and/or with reduced options for care.

Uptake of RACP Recommendations in the Final Report 'Working Together to Deliver the NDIS'

Published
19 Apr 2024
Topic
Disability
Description
The NDIS Review final report ‘Working Together to Deliver the NDIS’ contains 26 recommendations to the Australian Government to improve the NDIS and the lives of people with disabilities. Half (13) of the 26 recommendations directly or indirectly address health-related issues. Comparisons between the NDIS final report recommendations and those made by the RACP regarding the NDIS since 2020 have been tabulated regarding improving the health system and ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to health services.

RACP recommendation uptake in the Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability report

Published
11 Apr 2024
Published in
Australia
Topic
Disability
Description
In September 2023, the Royal Commission into the Violence, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability published its final report. Comparison with the RACP 2021 submission to the Disability Royal Commission noted that out of our 35 recommendations, approximately half (no=17) were incorporated into the Disability Royal Commission's final report. This report has been developed to detail the inclusion of the RACP recommendations as they appear in the Disability Royal Commission’s final report. Note: In October 2023, the NDIS Review final report, ‘Working Together to Deliver the NDIS’, was published. This report has since addressed 6 further RACP recommendations that were not taken up by the Disability Royal Commission’s final report. These recommendations include the need for the Independent Hospital and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) to provide a pricing framework for the NDIS, the development of a system for collaboration between the health system and disability sectors, strengthening of safeguard mechanisms for NDIS participants, a proposal for a navigation support role for people with disabilities, the transitioning of responsibility for appropriate accommodation options to the IHACPA, and support for outreach services for people with disabilities in rural and regional areas.

RACP Submission to the TGA on Medicines Shortages in Australia - Challenges and Opportunities

Published
03 Apr 2024
Topic
Description
This RACP submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) discusses medicines shortages challenges and opportunities in Australia, identifying the key issues for specialists and their patients when a medicine shortage occurs, impacts for clinical care, practitioner workload and wellbeing. It proposes significant reforms to TGA processes for predicting, identifying, assessing and communicating medicines shortages; strategies to attract and retain international medicines supplies as well as strengthen local markets are also proposed, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic revealed significant limitations in our national capacity to rapidly source medications from the international supply chain and the continuing paucity of local supply chains.

RACP Submission to the NSW Inquiry into improving access to early childhood health and development checks

Published
18 Mar 2024
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
This RACP Submission to the NSW Inquiry into improving access to early childhood health and development checks outlines five key recommendations responding to the Inquiries Terms of Reference. The recommendations include prioritising investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership, the expansion of models of care which support children in rural and remote communities to access health services, the importance of multidisciplinary teams for child assessments and initiatives that support access to quality early childhood education programs for all three-year-olds.

Prioritising Health: Tasmanian Election Statement 2024

Published
15 Mar 2024
Published in
Australia
Topic
Government
Description
The RACP and its Tasmanian Committee are committed to advocating for the development of policies that are based on evidence, informed by the knowledge and expertise of physicians, and that benefit the health of Tasmanians and the Tasmanian healthcare system.

RACP Submission on Public Consultation: Feasibility study on options to limit unhealthy food marketing to children

Published
14 Mar 2024
Topic
Child health
Description
This submission to the Department of Health and Aged Care Feasibility study on options to limit unhealthy food marketing to children calls the Australian Federal Government to urgently implement national regulations on junk food marketing to children to reduce the appeal and persuasive power of this marketing. Detailed regulatory options are proposed, supported by evidence-based rationales for the promotion of children’s health and wellbeing.

RACP Submission to the Northern Territory Voluntary Assisted Dying Community Consultation

Published
13 Mar 2024
Published in
Australia
Topic
Voluntary Assisted Dying
Description
The RACP prepared this submission in response to the Northern Territory Government’s community consultation process for developing a framework for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). Amongst those contributing to this submission, the RACP Northern Territory Committee represents Northern Territory physicians and trainees from a broad range of specialties on a range of educational, professional development and advocacy issues. These specialties include palliative medicine, geriatric medicine and medical oncology. This submission aligns with the RACP 2018 published Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying and statement on Improving Care at the End of Life: Our Roles and Responsibilities.
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