Radiation Oncology Inquiry 2002The aim of the Radiation Oncology Inquiry was to examine and provide recommendations on Australia's usage of radiation therapy as a cancer treatment modality with reference to current capacity, international best practice, clinical efficacy, as well as other cancer treatment modalities. Special attention was to be paid to research work already commissioned in Australia.
The terms of reference for the Radiation Oncology Inquiry were as follows:
- Examine and make recommendations on the number and distribution of radiation oncology units needed with reference to appropriate usage levels and patient accessibility, taking into account alternative models of service delivery.
- Examine the respective roles of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and radiation physicists in the planning and treatment of cancer patients.
- Examine the radiation oncologist workforce including training, continuing education and recertification, remuneration and workload.
- Examine the specific role of radiation therapists including training, continuing education and recertification, career opportunities, remuneration and workload.
- Examine and make recommendations on funding arrangements for radiation oncology with reference to Commonwealth and State funding of public and private providers and other financial considerations including private health insurance.
- Examine and make recommendations on patient access to radiation oncology with particular reference to access by rural patients. Examine and make recommendations on national standards for services and facility accreditation.
- Examine and report on how the Commonwealth, the States and private industry can work together and implement a strategic plan incorporating strategies for data collection, standards and accreditation of units, continuous evaluation of system performance, equipment replacement, State planning and ongoing education and recertification of the radiation oncology workforce.