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2016

Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia

23 December 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) together with the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) provided the following submission to the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport's Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia.


Medical Board of Australia Consultation on Revalidation

30 November 2016

RACS is broadly supportive of the direction being taken by the MBA and agrees that the focus of the proposed approach is both appropriate and relevant. It is about supporting those who practise well throughout their careers and identifying those medical practitioners whose practice has deficiencies. RACS affirms the importance and need for a system-wide approach to improving oversight and remediation of underperforming medical practitioners. RACS is willing to accept responsibility for our professional group and has established and robust systems in place. A revalidation model needs to address how stakeholders can work together to ensure that practitioners who need support, remediation or adjusted scope of practice can be identified reliably and consistently.


Building a statewide clinical service delivery structure

29 November 2016

In February 2015 the Tasmanian Regional Committee made a response to the Tasmanian Government's Delivering Safe and Sustainable Clinical Services Green Paper. We believe that several of the recommendations made in this submission are relevant to the current consultation paper, in particular those on Clinical Advisory Groups, state-wide waiting lists, role delineation and sustainability. The issues raised in this submission will be directly impacted by the final design of the clinical service delivery structure in Tasmania.


Tasmanian Public Health (Tobacco Seller's Licence) Regulations 2009

23 November 2016

Raising community awareness and minimising the harmful impacts of tobacco has been a key advocacy priority for RACS over many years. Tobacco use is known to cause certain cancers and increase the risk of other diseases and congenital abnormalities. Surgical outcomes are consistently poorer for smokers than non-smokers, with patients who smoke experiencing longer recovery times, increased risk of wound infection, and significantly increased risk for myocardial infarction and stroke. Smokers also have a higher post-surgery mortality rate than non-smokers.


Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into Medical Complaints

14 November 2016

Every individual has the right to a healthy workplace. Discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) demeans individuals and prevents them from reaching their true potential. Sadly, it is also the cause of a great loss of invaluable talent form the health sector. This insidious and unprofessional conduct cannot be tolerated. We welcome the opportunity to participate in this inquiry, to share our experiences, and to assist in any way we can.


Victorian ESIS Proposals for 1 July 2017

27 October 2016

Improved data collection is important to improving patient outcomes and better identification of health practitioners involved in a patient's treatment is a necessary step. In settings where a surgeon has low-volume appointments at multiple hospitals this is particularly important as hospital-level data may not appropriately capture information on such surgeons.


2016 ACT Election Position Statement

14 October 2016

Before all government elections in Australia and New Zealand, RACS provides an opportunity for political parties to outline their policy positions on key issues relevant to the delivery of surgical services. RACS then distributes these responses to its membership and the public.


Victorian Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill 2016

07 October 2016

RACS has always been strongly committed to improving standards and access to care and supports advance care planning in the surgical context. Patient autonomy, dignity, respect, non-maleficence and beneficence are principles central to the effective operation of modern healthcare. These principles are reflected in the RACS core values of service, integrity, respect, compassion and collaboration. As life sustaining treatments and palliative care advance, it is essential that these principles continue to inform the provision of health services to patients.


MBS Review - Response to Gastroenterology Clinical Committee Report

07 October 2016

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.


Independent Review of Chaperones to Protect Patients

03 October 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) believes that the use of chaperones can form part of an effective strategy that protects patients. RACS supports the MBA's requirement that in cases where a chaperone is required for a practitioner, that the chaperone is visibly present during all aspects of medical care provided by the practitioner. RACS affirms that a practitioner should make known to the patient the presence of the chaperone. Where conditions are in place, the consultation should not occur if the patient does not agree to the presence of a chaperone.


South Australian Government’s Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021

30 September 2016

RACS welcomes the opportunity to respond to the South Australian Government's Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021(the Strategy). We also appreciated the invitation to attend a public forum on the Strategy earlier this year, where we were able to share our ideas in a constructive environment.  


Inquiry into how to improve health and safety outcomes for combat sports contestants in high risk professional and amateur contests in Queensland

29 September 2016

Emphasis should be made that repeated concussion in contact sport may be associated with ongoing cognitive deficit and post concessional symptoms and requires careful monitoring and removal from sport.

We look forward to effective strategies that work to improve health and safety outcomes for combat sports contestants in high risk professional and amateur contests in Queensland.


National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016 and the National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016

22 September 2016

RACS supports the Department of Health's continuing development of digital health solutions to improve patient safety across Australia.


National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016 and the National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016

22 September 2016

RACS supports the Department of Health's continuing development of digital health solutions to improve patient safety across Australia.


Policy Options for the Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes in New Zealand

12 September 2016

The heath of all New Zealanders is important to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. RACS is a strong supporter of the Government's vision for a Smokefree 2025 and is pleased to see that, although there is considerable work still to be done, progress is being made towards achieving this goal. 


Draft South Australian Railway Crossing Safety Strategy

09 September 2016

The draft strategy identifies more than 30 individual strategies spread across four broader strategy areas. Our submission is focussed on the four main strategy areas identified, rather than each individual strategy.


South Australian Domestic Violence Discussion Paper

02 September 2016

The Discussion Paper paves the way for the development of a comprehensive framework, which will hopefully address the root causes of domestic violence and minimise the devastating impact that it has on individuals, families and the community more broadly.


2016 Northern Territory Election Position Statement

15 August 2016

This document outlines areas of specific concern and relevance to our membership in the Northern Territory prior to the NT election on 27 August 2016.


Queensland Health Workforce Strategy

12 August 2016

RACS Queensland has been engaged in this process from the beginning and has had significant input and been represented at all workforce meetings. The College encourages a multidisciplinary approach to workforce issues that is evidence-based.

An important concern for RACS is the encouragement of surgeons into regional / rural areas and providing adequate remote surgical services, either by placement or appropriate transfers. Creation of specialist training posts and regional / rural Fellowships will assist however should be only one of many possible strategies.


Extension of the Specialist Training Program for 2017

05 August 2016

RACS has just this week announced the new appointments to our Surgical Education and Training (SET) program, following a competitive selection process. We have done so cognizant that funding for the existing 73 STP posts has not yet been secured beyond 2016.


Inquiry into the performance of the Queensland Health Ombudsman

04 August 2016

While we have distributed the survey to our members, there has been limited time for individual feedback, we have outlined key concerns conveyed to the QueenslandRegional Committee from some of our Fellows.


Response to Questions on Notice for NSW Review of the Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme

14 July 2016

This is the evidence given to the NSW Standing Committee on Law and Justice's review of the compulsory third party(CTP) insurance scheme on Friday 17 June 2016 by RACS.

Read the CTP reform position paper


DRAFT Allied Health Expanded Scope Strategy 2016- 2021: Optimising Scope of Practice

29 June 2016

In review of the draft strategy, the Committee is generally supportive of the expansion of the allied health scope.


Physicians Assistants in Queensland Consultation paper

21 June 2016

In review of the Consultation paper, the Committee is generally supportive of physician's assistant roles in Queensland.


2016 Australian Federal Election Position Statement

03 June 2016

Prior to all government elections in Australia and New Zealand, RACS provides an opportunity for political parties to outline their policy positions on key issues relevant to the delivery of surgical services. RACS then distributes these responses to its membership and the public. This document outlines areas of specific concern and relevance to our membership.


Funding options for the Australian Trauma Registry

27 May 2016

Road trauma costs Australian taxpayers around $27 billion a year, accounting for roughly 18 per cent of health expenditure and 1.8 per cent of GDP. The value of information and investigation of injury outcomes to improve the quality of trauma care cannot be overestimated. Understanding the cause, place and type of injury is essential to inform injury reduction strategies. Identifying improvements for trauma services saves lives, reduces waiting times and lowers costs through reduced length of stay in hospitals.


NSW Review of the Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme

20 May 2016

This supports the objectives outlined for the NSW review of the CTP insurance scheme.Our College is pleased that the NSW Government has sought input from stakeholders on this important issue, and we stand ready to provide further advice which may help resolve clinical issues associated with the scheme, in particular the assessment of injury and delivery of care to patients.


Review of the SA Liquor Licensing Act 1997: Supplementary submission

15 April 2016

This supplementary submission to the review of the South Australia (SA) Liquor Licensing Act 1997 ('the Review') provides illustrative models on a range of alcohol policy topics. Where models are not available for a policy topic, research evidence is provided to inform the Review's consideration of how government may respond to the policy topic in question. 


eHealth Working Group consultation draft: A National Digital Health Strategy for Australia

14 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons supports the Department of Health's continuing development of digital health solutions to improve patient safety across Australia. 


Inquest into the death of 7 riders of quad bikes in Tasmania

07 April 2016

In this submission, RACS sets out the history of its involvement in the prevention and care of quad bike and other transport-related trauma, summarise key research addressing quad bike trauma, and outline the RACS position on quad bike trauma as informed by this history and research.


NSW inquiry to Independent review of the impact of liquor law reforms

02 April 2016

RACS recommends that the NSW Government retains all elements of the liquor law reforms and applies them across the state so that the same benefits will occur outside of the entertainment precincts.


Inquiry into aspects of road safety in Australia - response to Question on Notice

22 March 2016

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was given a second opportunity to provide evidence as part of the Senate Inquiry into aspects of road safety in Australia on Thursday 25 February 2016.


Senate inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence

20 March 2016

In June 2016 the Australian Department of Health is due to review the voluntary uptake of pregnancy health warnings on alcohol product labels. RACS encourages the Commonwealth Government to consider mandatory health warnings since voluntary uptake has been shown to be ineffective.


Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan

19 March 2016

RACS is pleased to see the Tasmanian Government address key issues of chronic disease with the development of this document. The College has already positions on alcohol-related harm, cessation of smoking and reducing the burden of obesity, which may help inform the Healthy Tasmania Strategic Plan.


NSW Government measures to reduce alcohol-related harm

12 February 2016

Following the NSW Government introducing broad-ranging measure to address alcohol-related harm in the Sydney CBD, and and a state-wide restriction on take-away alcohol after 10 pm,  there have been marked positive results.


NSW Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

26 January 2016

The RACS position is that all facilities providing surgical services require oversight to maintain a minimum level of safe practice, and that regulation should be based on the credentials of the practitioner and the level of sedation, rather than the procedure that is undertaken.


South Australian Government's Liquor Licensing Discussion Paper

25 January 2016

The RACS response to the liquor licensing discussion paper reflects many of the themes outlined in previous submissions, and further explores the three key themes identified in the paper; reducing red tape, creating a safer drinking culture, and vibrancy.


Inquiry into aspects of road safety in Australia

08 January 2016

RACS, with the support of the Australian Automobile Association, recommends that the Commonwealth support the Registry by providing $450,000 for a three-year period to allow the establishment of private and public partnership.


Queensland Inquiry into a suitable model for the implementation of the National Injury Insurance Scheme

08 January 2016

The College's main concern is the implementation of the scheme and we look forward to the Government actively involving RACS Fellows in that process. Ongoing involvement in the Scheme's implementation will ensure coverage issues not initially considered.


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