The Tripartite Radiation Oncology Practice Standards and Supplementary Guide were officially launched at the DoHA Quality in Radiation Oncology Symposium held in Melbourne on 10 August 2011. The Standards were developed to assist facilities to achieve best practice by providing a framework of requirements, while the Supplementary Guide was developed to assist radiotherapy facilities in implementing and working towards achieving the Standards.
Radiotherapy Waiting Times
The Faculty of Radiation Oncology views waiting times as an important indicator of service quality and a useful advocacy tool for service improvement and additional resources where required. The Faculty is committed to the collection and access of waiting times data in the first instance.
Australasian Radiation Oncology Clinical Indicator 2003 – 2010
Every year, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) publishes the Australasian Clinical Indicator Report which includes (from an Australasian perspective) the aggregated clinical indicator (CI) data received from health care organisations participating in ACHS's CI program trended over time.
In particular, the data can assist health policy makers in regard to access issues. Where there is significant variation in practice, the indicator results can assist professional bodies including medical colleges, associations and societies to identify potential areas for improvement in health care delivery and practice.
The Faculty has been asked to comment on the radiation oncology CI 2003-2010, and the comments will be included in the final published report.
Faculty Position on Quality Issues
Quality Improvement is an area in which the Faculty of Radiation Oncology is working to augment. The Faculty's commitment to quality, continuous improvement and best practice is generally reflected in the Faculty activities. The Faculty has developed a number of key position papers with the view to achieving higher quality standard.