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National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026

26 February 2018

RACS has advocated against the harmful effects of alcohol for many years, not only for the increased risk of complication it poses to surgical patients, but also for the broader ramifications it has on the sustainability of our public health system and society as a whole. Overall, the estimated one in eight hospitalisations relating to alcohol misuse continue to represent a significant and concerning proportion of health system workload.

RACS recognises the importance of the Australian and state and territory governments working collaboratively with non-government agencies and community groups to reduce the social, economic and health costs of alcohol. To this end, we provided input to the 2015 National Alcohol Strategy consultation. Regular updates on the development and implementation of the National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 will assist us in providing ongoing expertise.

Inquiry into the future sustainability of health funding in the ACT

23 February 2018

Key Points

  • The sustainability of health funding in the ACT depends upon a collaborative approach from the government, health services, clinicians and patients.
  • Clinicians should be better engaged in funding decisions and service planning, and educated about health economics and wastage.
  • Further investigation is needed into the reasons why cost per weighted separation in the ACT is second highest in the country.
  • RACS supports the Government's focus on preventative health measures and efforts to reduce unnecessary presentations to emergency departments.

Tasmanian Election Statement 2018

16 February 2018

RACS has identified six key focus areas relevant to the 2018 Tasmanian Election:

  1. Teaching, Training and Research
  2. Elective Surgery Waiting Lists
  3. Clinical Engagement and a Culture of Respect
  4. Tasmanian Audit of Surgical Mortality
  5. Alcohol Related Harm
  6. Trauma

South Australian Election Statement 2018

22 January 2018

RACS has identified seven key focus areas relevant to the 2018 South Australian Election:

  1. Delivery of Surgical Services across the local health networks
  2. Clinician engagement
  3. Teaching, Training and Research
  4. Surgical Technology
  5. South Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality
  6. Alcohol Related Harm
  7. Recognition of Paid Parental Leave Entitlements and Diversification of Surgical Workforce 

Download Response from the SA Best Party (PDF 380KB)

Download Summary of Responses from all Parties (PDF 32KB)

Download Response from the Australian Conservatives Party (PDF 24KB)

2018-19 Pre-Budget Submission

09 January 2018

RACS has identified five key focus areas relevant to the 2018-19 Budget:

  1. Maintaining high quality and timely access to healthcare
  2. Recognition of the burden of trauma on the healthcare system
  3. National leadership to reduce alcohol-related harm
  4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  5. Surgical training and academic pathways

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