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Draft Framework for Tackling Mental Ill-health in Doctors and Medical Students

12 June 2019

RACS supports the draft framework aimed at making doctors' health and wellbeing a national priority. The draft framework is comprehensive, describing priority areas from undergraduate students through to medical practitioners. We know that job-related factors can impact on the mental health and wellbeing of doctors with long work hours, stressful and demanding work environments, conflict and coping with complaints. There is much we can do to support the medical profession in terms of health promotion for individual wellbeing and ensuring structural support around safe hours, mentoring and debriefing at our workplaces.

Joint response between RACS and the AIPN to the National Transport Commission Issues Paper: Barriers to the safe use of innovative vehicles and mobility devices

21 March 2019

Before the introduction of any new innovative vehicle to the marketplace, a broad consultation process should be undertaken with the key stakeholders who have a role in either enforcing, monitoring or responding to issues that arise due to the use of these vehicles.

Firearms Reforms

01 February 2019

RACS's recognises the seriousness and frequency of trauma associated with firearms across Australia and New Zealand and recommends strict gun control including the compulsory national register of all firearms, the banning and prohibition of importation by individuals of semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns, as well as that compulsory training, education and licensing measures continue in Australia. RACS also recommends that a mechanism for regular review of firearms control measures be put in place.

Supplementary Submission to the Independent Review of the Enterprise Patient Administration System (South Australia)

02 January 2019

Our health system is interconnected in such a way that clinicians and patients regularly work or seek treatment across multiple hospital sites and health networks. When EPAS was first introduced in to South Australian hospitals it was hoped that it would provide an integrated and consistent electronic health records system, which would result in safer, more efficient, and effective patient care. Despite the well-documented failures of the software, the principles of greater integration and consistency should remain a continuing priority.

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