RACS Advocacy


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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

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Tobacco Plain Packaging (NZ)

22 December 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons strongly supports the development and implementation of tobacco plain packaging legislation in New Zealand.

Wellington City Council Local Alcohol Policy

21 December 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons strongly urges the Wellington City Council to re-visit its Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) and take a stronger stance against alcohol-related harm in Wellington.

Private Health Insurance Stakeholder Consultation

16 December 2015

RACS supports the principle of universal and sustainable healthcare provision across all communities in Australia, appreciating the important contribution of the private sector in the financing and delivery of health services under the Medicare framework. RACS affirms the rights and necessity for patients to be actively engaged in their own healthcare and to be provided with all relevant information regarding their private healthcare cover in a manner that they can readily understand.

See the Private Health Consultations

New Zealand Health Strategy Consultation on the Updated New Zealand Health Strategy

11 December 2015

RACS commends the Ministry of Health for its work so far in updating the New Zealand Health Strategy and broadly supports the direction that the Strategy is taking. 

Letter to NSW Premier on implementation of point-to-point speed enforcement

09 December 2015

The National Trauma Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is keen to encourage the prompt implementation of point-to-point speed enforcement for all vehicle users in New South Wales.

ACRS/AIPN/RACS Joint Submission to the Senate Economics References Commitee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community

08 December 2015

The 2015 ACRS/AIPN/RACS Submission to The Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impacts informs Australia's leading policymakers of our support for evidence-based road trauma reduction policies, with a focus on bicycle helmet regulation.

Queensland Consultation on tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill

07 December 2015

RACS recommends  the Government introduces a moratorium on late night trading to limit the risk of harm while it develops a framework to manage assessment of applications for new liquor licenses or to extend trading hours.

Queensland Tobacco and other Smoking Products (Smoke-free Places) Amendment Bill 2015

07 December 2015

RACS believes a combination of measures such as consistent legislation restricting smoking and cessation advice for those who smoke is the most effective way to address smoking rates. Evidence suggests that limitations on the sale and supply of tobacco as well as exposure have all been shown to be effective methods of reducing tobacco's harm to society

Queensland Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

07 December 2015

The College's view is expressed in our position paper Reducing the burden of Obesity Position Paper

Health Outcomes International - National Alcohol Strategy

29 November 2015

RACS has developed its recommendations on reducing alcohol-related harm drawing on scientific evidence and the expertise of our Fellows in Australia and New Zealand, and other members of the medical profession.

MBS Review Taskforce Consultation

16 November 2015

RACS affirms the key goals of the MBS review to deliver better patient outcomes as a result of a thorough scientific and economic assessment of the MBS items and associated rules.

See the MBS Review

Wendco (NZ) Limited On-Licence application

05 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons wishes to oppose the application made by Wendco (NZ) Limited (Wendco), Danny Lendich, Director, 288 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu South, Auckland, Private Company to the District Licensing Committee in Christchurch for the issue of an On-Licence in respect of the premises situated at 1 Chappie Place, Hornby, Christchurch, known as Wendy's Hamburgers.

The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs - National Drug Strategy

28 October 2015

RACS supports the harm minimisation approach that the Government has adopted in this strategy, because it acknowledges that while there may be economic implications for industry, there are also social and economic costs to the taxpayer when alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use is not adequately regulated or addressed. 

New Zealand Health Select Committee on Health Practitioners (Replacement of Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Bill 2015

07 October 2015

RACS recommends that any amendment to the Act to change from "medical practitioner" should be undertaken with caution; and the issuing of these certificates should only be devolved to carefully selected regulated professions with the appropriate training and experience, and restricted to conditions within their scope of practice.

The New Zealand Health Select Committee on Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill

30 September 2015

RACS wishes to indicate its firm support for the measures proposed in the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill.

The New Zealand Ministry of Justice consultation on better family violence laws

21 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is a strong supporter of initiatives that seek to reduce family violence. 

ACT Issues Paper - Addressing alcohol-related harm

14 September 2015

RACS supports the Government's efforts to review the Liquor Act 2010. 

Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate

11 September 2015

RACS welcomes the current review of Australia's taxation system, and believes there is substantial scope to improve tax arrangements to better reflect and minimise the burden of illness, injury and social and economic harms caused by alcohol.

Victorian Health Citizen's Jury on Obesity

24 August 2015

RACS believes a combination of preventative measures and an increase in the availability of treatment options for those who are already obese is the most effective way to address obesity.

NSW Review of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law

07 August 2015

The RACS NSW Regional Committee believes that the objectives of the National Law are appropriate; however it is timely to review how this law is applied in NSW.

Read the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) Discussion Paper.

Victorian Inquiry into End of Life Choices

29 July 2015

It is important that patients are provided with the means to make informed choices regarding their treatment, and where appropriate, plan for the end of their life. 

NT Review of Family violence Act

13 July 2015

 RACS supports efforts to develop data-collection systems to better understand how domestic or family violence contributes to hospital presentations and the requirement for surgical care. 

Release of Performance Data in New Zealand

30 June 2015

The New Zealand National Board of RACS supports the public release of outcomes based data on surgical performance at a team, institutional or national level with a number of caveats.

Victorian Road Safety Strategy

22 June 2015

The Victorian Government and its agencies are to be congratulated on the Towards Zero initiative - envisaging a future where nobody dies on the road and reducing as far as practically possible, the number of serious injuries. 


Response from the Australian Greens

15 June 2015

This is a response from the Australian Greens to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Federal Election Position Statement.

Department of Health Review of the Specialist Training Program

09 June 2015

The College confirms that the overall aims and objectives of the Specialist Training Program are being met. Since 2011, STP has provided 73 new training posts across the surgical specialties, of which 31 are in rural settings. 

Senate Inquiry into Health Policy, Administration & Expenditure - Commonwealth Government

01 June 2015

Within the inquiry's terms of reference are highlighted some key areas of concern, which we believe have the potential to impact on the sustainability of Australia's healthcare system, and the provision of surgical services in particular. 

Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Review of Medical Intern Training

31 May 2015

 Whilst supplementary training can be provided in the internship year through local hospital initiatives and including simulation approaches, most of the training component of internship is based directly around clinical work.

Royal Commission into Family Violence

29 May 2015

Without more detailed data on surgical workload resulting from family violence, it is difficult for RACS to comment on the surgical aspects of family violence or related trauma.

New Zealand Governance of Endoscopy Quality and Related Initiatives Report for Stakeholder Feedback

25 May 2015

The NZ Ministry of Health commissioned Sapere Research Group to provide independent advice on an appropriate national governance structure for endoscopy quality improvement and related initiatives. T

Medical Council of New Zealand Consultation Paper Review of Fees

25 May 2015

In 2014 the Medical Council of New Zealand indicated it was examining its fee structures. That work has now been completed and Council is proposing a re-costing of the fees.

NSW Quad Bike Inquest

15 May 2015

The results from the TARS (UNSW Transport and Road Safety) research indicate that while current prevention strategies focus on lower order risk controls such as rider training and administrative controls, developing a system similar to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that tests and rates quad bikes would lead to significant improvements in safety through safer vehicle choice, safer vehicles being developed and marketed, and increased safety awareness among users.

New Zealand Submission to Health Select Committee Surgical Mesh

05 May 2015

There is little evidence to suggest that substituting synthetic non-absorbable surgical mesh with biologic materials offers any advantage in these circumstances. 

Submission the the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education:

21 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is a strong advocate for evidence-based measures that will reduce alcohol-fuelled violence and related harms.

Free TV Code of Practice Review - Alcohol Advertising

02 April 2015

The College urges Free TV Australia to use this review to support action that will reduce young people's exposure to alcohol advertising on commercial television.

PHARMAC re. Dextrose/Saline (NZ)

01 April 2015

The New Zealand National Board (NZNB) of RACS has discussed PHARMAC's decision to remove Dextrose/Saline (0.18% Sodium Chloride and 4% FDextrose solution) from the Pharmaceutical's Schedule. We would like PHARMAC to review this decision.

South Australia Code of Practice Review

09 March 2015

While the College supports any measures that will reduce alcohol-related harm, such as those introduced as part of the Late Night Trading Code in 2013, we would like to see the SA Government doing more to implement evidence-based policies

New Zealand Ministry of Health Draft Prostate Cancer Guidance

06 March 2015

The College wishes to record its strong support for the principle of guidance to general practitioners on prostate cancer management and active surveillance.

New Zealand Scope of Practice and Qualifications - Nurse Practitioner

26 February 2015

The College supports the training, experience, maintenance of professional standards and quality assurance for Nurse Practitioners so that all College Fellows, surgical trainees and other health practitioners know what to expect and can collaborate with Nurse Practitioners with confidence.

South Australia Delivering Transforming Health Response

26 February 2015

The Delivering Transforming Health paper which seeks to describe the future of health services in South Australia, is remarkably short on detail concerning implementation, time frames for change and how resource reallocation will occur.

NSW State Election Position Statement

18 February 2015

This document outlines areas of specific concern to Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates who contribute to the provision of high quality surgical services in NSW, and who interact with and advocate for the communities in which they live.

New Zealand Health (Protection) Bill 2014, Part 2: Artificial UV tanning services

11 February 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons wishes to indicate its firm support for the measures proposed in Part 2 of the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill 2014.

Senate Inquiry into Road Safety

10 February 2015

The Strategy is an excellent document which analyses road safety risks in terms of the elements of the Safe Systems Approach to Road Safety and makes good recommendations as to how individual components of these major elements can contribute to reductions in fatalities and serious injuries. 

Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services Green Paper: Delivery Safe and Sustainable Clinical Services

03 February 2015

RACS has carefully reviewed the Green Paper, Role Delineation Framework and supporting documents.

Queensland State Election Position Statement

21 January 2015

This document outlines the areas of specific concern and relevance to the Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates of Queensland in the lead-up to the forthcoming State election. 

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