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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The RACP welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Queensland Parliament Youth Justice Reform Select Committee. The submission focuses on the need to involve paediatricians at service reform and service delivery levels; raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years; ensure children and young people are housed in purpose-designed facilities with suitable supports; provide health checks on entering the youth justice system; provide comprehensive paediatric assessment when clinically indicated; and the need to prioritise First Nations leadership, both at the system reform and the health service delivery levels for children in the Queensland criminal justice system.
The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care has conducted two consultations as part of developing new legislation to improve the care of older persons. In September 2023, the RACP made a submission and in February 2024 subsequently prepared this second submission to the draft Exposure Bill. This RACP submission draws attention to the need to specifically refer to ‘health care’ for older people (as opposed to just ‘care’), as well as the right to timely access to appropriate health care and has recommended recognition of the importance of functional ability.
The RACP’s advice on modelling the health impacts of climate change for the Australian Federal Treasury outlines the importance of including climate health impacts in modelling to provide a fuller picture of the economic impacts of climate change. Modelling must prioritise cultural safety and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, knowledge, and leadership. Further, it must include consideration of costs as well as cost savings related to health co-benefits of climate action. Our suggested focus areas for modelling include the costs of heat, bushfires, and bushfire smoke on population health and the costs of climate change on healthcare systems. Modelling the health costs of climate change and the health benefits of climate action is important as Australia implements its first National Health and Climate Strategy.
This submission calls on the Australian Government's response to the Royal Commission’s final report to revisit the breadth of health-related challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. This is needed to create a more comprehensive and integrated approach to providing healthcare, in line with the holistic attention that the Royal Commission’s recommendations have provided across other sectors such as education, employment, and housing.
The RACP Transfer of Care Inquiry submission has been developed by the RACP Tasmanian Committee which represents Tasmania physicians and trainees on a range of educational, professional development and advocacy issues.
Emergency access and transfer of care delays of long-stay disability and aged care patients are serious issues facing the Tasmanian healthcare system. We need improved patient access and outcomes at a system level, not just better transfer metrics at one point in the system.
This submission has been informed by existing RACP policies and positions, and by the challenges and opportunities that physicians in Tasmania routinely observe in the course of their clinical and other duties.
The RACP advocates for Federal Government funding that addresses the needs of patient communities, enhances the sustainability of our health system and increases the resilience of our natural environments.
Drawing on the experience and knowledge of College members and trainees, our 2024-2025 Pre-Budget submission to the Australian Treasury provides evidence-based recommendations to improve the operation of the Medicare system, broaden access to specialists, strengthen, support and distribute the specialist workforce, and reduce the many factors driving an avoidable share of disease in our community, including climate related illnesses.
This RACP submission to the Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Response Inquiry underscores critical insights gained from the COVID-19 pandemic. The submission emphasises the need for a nationally coordinated pandemic preparedness planning that prioritises the needs of priority populations and those disproportionately affected by health inequities.
Child health and young adult medicine
The RACP's submission to the Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill reinforces our commitment to protecting health from the adverse impacts of climate change. Our submission highlights the importance of protecting current and future generations of children from the health impacts of climate change, and the role the Bill can play.
The RACP submitted a response to the Senate Inquiry into the Middle Arm Industrial Precinct that emphasises the health harms of fossil fuels, both directly and through their significant contribution to climate change. The submission underscored the urgent need for a swift transition to renewable energy sources, highlighting the potential health benefits that such a transition would bring, including reduced air pollution, minimised occupational and environmental health hazards for workers involved in fossil fuel extraction, and mitigation of the adverse health impacts associated with climate change.
This submission has a strong focus on the impact of MRAC’s recommendation 9: restrict initial specialist consults to only face-to-face on our members and their patients, especially those living in rural and remote areas. It articulates member concerns around reduced patient access and care and provides specific examples to clarify the need for telehealth for initial specialist consults in some circumstances. It recommends the reinstatement of full range of phone-based specialist consults and the retainment of current video-based initial specialist consults.