Following the establishment of the College, the Public Policy Committee held its first meeting in March 1972. It evolved from the Parliamentary Committee of the RMPA and at that meeting its terms of reference were agreed and are still current. They are: ‘That it shall take note of and consider legislation, existing and prospective, and departmental, regional and local administrative practice with a view to commenting on matters touching upon the affairs of the College. In this respect it is empowered to take immediate action, if public statements about psychiatric affairs are urgently required, but normally will report to Council any measures which it recommends. It shall concern itself with the education and enlightenment of the public in matters relating to the prevention and treatment of mental disorder and the work of the College and its members.’
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