Last updated on: 8/23/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Royal Australasian College of Physicians Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of alcohol. Alcohol affects the development of the brain, which continues to form and mature throughout adolescence. Young people also have a propensity to combine high-risk drinking with other high-risk activities, increasing the potential for accidental injury both to themselves and to others. The harmful effects of alcohol on young people raises questions about the adequacy of current policies in appropriately curbing access to and use of alcohol by youth…

When New Zealand reduced its minimum purchase age for alcohol from 20 to 18 in 1997, there was a 12 per cent increase in the rate of traffic crashes and injuries for 18–19 year-old males, and a 14 per cent increase among 15–17 year-old males. Accident rates among young female drivers rose 51 per cent for 18–19 year olds and 24 per cent for 15–17 year olds. There was also a significant increase in hospital presentations of intoxicated people under 20…

Studies conducted around the world support the New Zealand experience outlined above regarding changes to the minimum purchase age for alcohol. A review of the empirical research from 1960 to 2000 shows that almost 60 per cent of high-quality studies undertaken concluded that a higher minimum purchase age for alcohol was associated with reduced road traffic accidents. None found the opposite. This well-documented relationship strongly implies that increasing the minimum purchase age for alcohol can potentially save lives by reducing the incidence of road traffic accidents among young drivers, not to mention the long-term impact of serious injury.”

Cowritten with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, “The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Alcohol Policy,” ranzcp.org, Mar. 2016

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Description:

“The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is the professional medical College of over 15,000 physicians and 7,500 trainee physicians, often referred to as specialists, in Australia and New Zealand…

The RACP trains physicians in more than 33 medical specialties, and works in partnership with other leading Colleges in Australia and New Zealand…

The RACP is comprised of two Divisions and three Faculties. Each Division has a number of Chapters.”

“About the RACP,” racp.edu.au (accessed on Aug. 23, 2017)

Mission:

“Through the RACP, specialists…

  • Provide accredited specialist training to trainee doctors who have completed their medical degree and wish to further specialise as physicians in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Provide continuing professional development and education for specialists who have completed their physician training and have become Fellows of the RACP.
  • Assess Overseas Trained Physicians who wish to practise as physicians in Australia or New Zealand
  • Hold events including conferences, training sessions and continuing professional development workshops.
  • Provide opportunities for physicians and trainee physicians to connect as a community of physicians in Australia and New Zealand”
  • “About the RACP,” racp.edu.au (accessed on Aug. 23, 2017)

    Other:
    Professional medical college
    Contact Info:
    Phone
    61-2-9256-5444, Sydney office
    Email
    Online Contact Form
    Website
    racp.edu.au
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