One of the Faculty’s priorities is to advocate for patient access to appropriate treatments. To facilitate this, the Faculty of Radiation Oncology develops Horizon Scan every year which reviews current, evolving and emerging techniques and technologies in the radiation oncology sector. For the purpose of the Horizon Scan, the included techniques and technologies are defined as those that are either not in use for an appropriate number of patients, those that are not available to all patients that would benefit from them, and those that are still in development.
Tripartite National Strategic Plan for Radiation Oncology 2012 - 2022
After extensive consultation and twelve months of work, the Tripartite Committee is pleased to present ‘Planning for the Best: the Tripartite National Strategic Plan for Radiation Oncology (Australia) 2012-2022’. The Plan is available online at www.radiationoncology.com.au
Radiotherapy Waiting Times
Long waiting times for radiotherapy have been a problem in Australasia for many years, as resource provision fails to match the increasing demand for radiation services. The Faculty views waiting times as an important indicator of service quality and a useful advocacy tool.
The Faculty conducted a pilot project among 21 radiotherapy centres in NSW and VIC to collect waiting times data for the period from 1 March to 30 September 2012. Data analysis is underway.
Support to Developing Nations Radiotherapy Sector
The Faculty, in collaboration with the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA), sponsored Nguyen Thanh Binh, a Medical Physicist from Vietnam for a three month observorship at Liverpool Hospital from August to October 2011. The aim of the program is to facilitate transfer of expertise from cancer treatment centres in Australia to mid-level health professionals from the Asia Pacific region.
In 2012, The Faculty supported Dr Gerald Lim, a radiation oncologist from Malaysia to attend the Faculty Annual Scientific Meeting at Cairns, Queensland Australia from 26-28 July 2012. Dr Lim also visited Cancer Institute NSW, Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital during his stay in Sydney.