Policy and Advocacy Library

The Policy and Advocacy 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 submission to the Inquiry into the Parliament of NSW Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night-time Economy

Published
12 Jul 2019
Published in
NSW, Australia
Topic
Drug and alcohol
Description
The RACP published its updated Alcohol Policy in 2016 and in 2018 provided a detailed submission to the Australian Government’s Consultation on the Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026. This submission is based on these key policy documents and other relevant evidence.

RACP Submission to the Medical Board of Australia consultation on complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments

Published
12 Jul 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Adult Medicine
Description
This submission outlines the RACP's support for Option 2 - strengthening current guidance for medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments. The RACP holds the view that all medical practitioners should perform their duties within the scope of their practice and use treatments and diagnostic tests which are supported by evidence.

Brief Evolve Strategy Consultation 2019-21

Published
10 Jul 2019
Topic
Description

RACP submission to the South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill - Consultation Discussion Paper

Published
10 Jul 2019
Published in
SA, Australia
Topic
Child health
Description
The RACP provided a submission to the consultation of the South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill discussion paper. In early 2019 the RACP published a position statement on 'Early Childhood: The Importance of the Early Years'. The RACP has recommended that the South Australian Government consider the recommendations on legislation within the position statement to encourage immunisation.

RACP submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Published
05 Jul 2019
Published in
Vic, Australia
Topic
Mental health
Description
This RACP submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is a limited response focusing on specific items within the Royal Commission's Terms of Reference.

RACP submission to PHARMAC: Management of hospital medical devices

Published
02 Jul 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Access to healthcare
Description
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ submission in response to PHARMAC’s discussion document on managing fairer access to hospital medical devices, including managing funding and obtaining expert advice on what devices should be funded for use in New Zealand hospitals.

RACP submission to the Medical Council of New Zealand: Statement on Information, Choice of Treatment and Informed Consent

Published
02 Jul 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Health care reform
Description
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ submission to the Medical Council of New Zealand responding to the proposed updates to its Statement on Information, Choice of Treatment and Informed Consent, which sets out a series of principles and standards for doctors around how the provision of information to patients.

RACP Submission to the Report from the Specialist and Consultant Physician Consultation Clinical Committee of the MBS Review Taskforce

Published
27 Jun 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Government
Description
This submission provides commentary on the recommendations informed by feedback from individual RACP members, as well as from RACP bodies and affiliated Specialty Societies, on the preconditions for ensuring that any changes to the MBS are consistent with the RACP’s vision of an accessible and affordable health system that provides high value, high quality patient care, and promotes better integration across the health sector.

RACP submission on RACGP Supporting smoking cessation a guide for health professionals

Published
27 Jun 2019
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
e-cigarettes
Description
The RACP is a strong advocate for smoking cessation and fully agrees the prominent role of health professionals in supporting smoking cessation. We have consulted with relevant College bodies and committees. This submission is supportive of the recommendations made in the guideline but provides feedback about Recommendation 16.

RACP Submission to Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council draft National Clinical Quality Registry Strategy

Published
26 Jun 2019
Published in
Australia
Topic
Safety and quality
Description
The RACP submission supports the development of a national strategy as key to building a set of effective national clinical quality registries. National clinical quality registers (CQRs) have the potential to reduce variation in treatment and outcomes, usefulness in monitoring quality of care, and health outcomes.
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