College advocacy to influence policy in Australia and New Zealand

The College regularly makes submissions to government and other stakeholders in order to inform and influence mental health policy and service design in Australia and New Zealand. 
In developing these submissions, the College is guided by the Practice, Policy and Partnerships Committee, and consults broadly with Branches and the New Zealand National Office, along with Committees and members with key expertise.

These submissions are now available, including:

Australian Branches

  • WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ submission on Gambling Law Reform.
  • WA Department of Health Draft Psychiatry and Mental Health Action Plan


  • Ahpra on targeted consultation on how Ahpra and the National Boards propose to use the new power to issue interim prohibition orders. 
  • Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHAC) on National Consumer Engagement Strategy for Health and Wellbeing (NCESHW) Consultation. 
  • Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care, and Sport on Inquiry into Diabetes.
  • Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM)’s Draft Guidelines on Constructing a Sustainable Emergency Medicine Workforce.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
  • Senate Community Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into the assessment and support services for people with ADHD.
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)’s Proposed Reforms to the Regulation of Vapes.

New Zealand 

  • Medical Council of New Zealand | Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa’s Disclosure of harm following an adverse event Consultation.

To find out more about the College’s policy work and to contribute, please email


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