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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The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Guide to Pregnancy and Work

Published
14 Nov 2017
Published in
New Zealand
Topic
Occupational medicine
Description
This Guide to Pregnancy and Work has been produced by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The RACP to provide general information and advice regarding workplace pregnancy issues for pregnant women in the workplace, women of reproductive capacity who are at work, employers, post-partum employees and health professionals. This Guide is not intended to be a substitute for specific advice for women of reproductive capacity, pregnant employees, or post-partum employees, from their general practitioner, gynaecologist, obstetrician or other relevant health practitioner. As far as possible, the information outlined in this Guide is based on the best available evidence at the time of writing. Where no evidence or data is available the information has been based on guidelines and best practice from expert organisations which are referenced throughout.

Harnessing the health benefits of good work

Published
07 Nov 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description

Australian Policy Brief: The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

Published
31 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Climate change
Description
This national policy brief has been developed by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. It complements the 2017 Lancet Countdown paper and draws out national data and policy implications for select climate change and health indicators for Australia.

Joint Select Committee Inquiry into End of Life Choices in WA

Published
23 Oct 2017
Published in
WA, Australia
Topic
Description
This Submission was developed to provide feedback addressing the terms of reference of the WA Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The submission points the Committee to recent RACP policy documents which may assist in its deliberations.

ACSQHC Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard

Published
20 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
After cross-College consultation the RACP endorsed the final version of the ACSQHC's Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard, launched on 20 October 2017.

RACP Joint Letter to State and Territory Health Ministers Supporting Codeine UpScheduling

Published
18 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Addiction medicine
Description
This is the RACP's joint correspondence with the RACGP, RDAA, Painaustralia and CHF to State and Territory Health Ministers, outlining our support for the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision to make codeine prescription only from 1 February 2018 and the evidence which underpinned their decision. It also notes the widespread support for this decision in the medical community.

RACP submission DoH First Principles Review Indemnity Insurance Fund

Published
16 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
Response to the Australian government’s review of the Commonwealth funded schemes under the Indemnity Insurance Fund, assessing whether existing arrangements continue to be ‘fit for purpose’ for all parties. The measures were implemented following an insurance industry crisis in 2002 and significant premium increases, such that some medical practitioners considered leaving the profession or ceasing high-risk procedures. The College’s view is that the measures have provided industry stability and affordability of indemnity insurance which is vital to ensuring patient access to care. We would be concerned if the risky step of disbanding effective measures was taken without a full analysis and guarantee that their removal would not trigger a return to such a situation.

RACP submission Independent Review of NRAS for Health Professionals

Published
16 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Description
This is the RACP's response to the Draft Report on the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions

PCHD Policy & Media Outputs 2017

Published
03 Oct 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Child health and young adult medicine
Description
A list of policies and position statements released to the media by the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the RACP.

RACP Landmines and Cluster Munition Policy

Published
28 Sep 2017
Published in
Australia
Topic
Rehabilitation medicine
Description
This policy document updates and replaces the original AFRM Position Statement Landmine Policy published in November 2005. It provides an overview of the psychosocial impact of amputation (stigma and ostracisation et.) as well as the impact on the economy, the rates of poverty and starvation suffered by amputees. It urges the Australian Government to support the outlawing of stockpiling and persistent use of all landmines, explosive remnants of war, unexploded ordinances and cluster munitions. and current war zones in the Middle East.
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