Council of Advocacy, Practice and Partnerships committees
Committees of the Council are established to provide expert advice to CAPP on the issues which are identified as strategic priorities by the College and its members. High-quality patient care, provided by clinicians in a supportive and rewarding environment, is the ultimate goal of all advocacy and policy activity.
Membership on the committees is open to all ACEM members. Positions are readvertised at the end of every two-year term. The College encourages all members to get involved.
Private Practice Committee
The Private Practice Committee (PPC) is responsible for EM policy and advocacy activities in private hospitals. Key issues for the PPC include the Australian Government's Department of Health Specialist Training Program, different funding models, remuneration and working conditions in private EDs, as well as raising the profile of EM in private practice.
Public Health Committee
The Public Health Committee was established to provide leadership and advice regarding policy and standards for public health issues impacting EM. Key areas the Committee works on, include alcohol and drugs, violence in the ED, climate change and its impact on healthcare, disease surveillance, health care access, disease prevention and control and advocacy. The Disaster Subcommittee and Indigenous Health Subcommittee both report to the Public Health Committee.
Rural, Regional and Remote Committee
The Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) Committee is responsible for overseeing policy development, advocacy and project support, as well as promoting the RRR emergency practice. The Committee is also involved in monitoring RRR applications for the EM Education and Training Project, and the implementation of ACEM’s EM Certificate and Diploma courses and advises Council on issues relating to the recruitment and retention of the EM workforce in rural and regional areas and the conditions under which they work.
The Scientific Committee makes submissions to various government and non-government organisations in response to EM issues that arise, reviews clinical guidelines for possible endorsement by ACEM, and is responsible for screening research surveys before distribution to ACEM members. Committee members also provide representation on various external bodies including the Australian Resuscitation Council. In addition, the Committee supports the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the Winter Symposiums by having a representative on the organising committees, updating relevant guidelines, and assisting with adjudicating College scientific awards.
The EM Clinical Trials Network, which was formed on January 1 2018, reports directly to CAPP but has a close association with the Scientific Committee. The aim of the EMCTN is to promote collaboration in the staging of multi-site clinical trials across Australia and NZ.
The Standards Committee is responsible for overseeing the development and review of written policy documents, in consultation with College Members and Committees. The following subcommittees report to the Standards Committee:
- Hospital Overcrowding
- ED Ultrasound
- Quality Management