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RANZCR FRO Radiation Oncology Health Program Grant (ROHPG) Funding Executive Summary: Radiation Oncology Health Program Grant (ROHPG) funding has been instrumental in providing patient access to modern, up-to-date radiation oncology equipment Modern equipment allows for advanced techniques, aimed at improving cure rates and reduced side effects The quarantining of HPG funding, rather than having this as part of general MBS revenue, is a critical enabler for equipment renewal The ROHPG program should be enhanced, to ensure that it stays up-to-date with incremental changes in both function and cost of equipment – to help ensure equipment reliability and patient access to current and advanced technologies To help ensure the delivery of safe and high quality radiation oncology services, ROHPG funding could be linked to a facility’s compliance with the Radiation Oncology Practice Standards . About Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is a safe, effective and well-established way to treat cancer. It uses highly precise doses of radiation to kill cancer cells while avoiding irreparable damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Advances in radiation therapy use the latest research in biology and physics and combine it with cutting-edge technology to deliver successful treatments. Radiation therapy is involved in about 40% of all cancer cures (compared to 49% of patients being cured by surgery and 11% of patients for systemic treatments) 1 and, in vast numbers of incurable patients, it improves the quality of remaining life. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia. The 2012 report on cancer incidence projections by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2 highlights the significance of the age related increase in cancer incidence across Australia. The AIHW report projects that the number of cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia will rise over the next decade for both males and females. This rate is expected to reach about 150,000 in 2020 – an increase of almost 40% from 2007. Increases in the number of cases diagnosed are due primarily to the ageing and increasing population and are expected to be most evident in older populations. In this context, enabling a quality radiation therapy service across Australia, together with access, becomes paramount to cancer management. 1 SBU, The Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care: radiotherapy for cancer, ACTA ONCOL 1996; 1:35 2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. Cancer incidence projections: Australia, 2011 to 2020. Cancer Series no. 66. Cat. No. CAN 62. Canberra: AIHW
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The Faculty of Radiation Oncology in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) is the peak body advancing patient care and representing the specialty of radiation oncology across Australia and New Zealand. The Faculty presents the professional opinion of radiation oncologists with regards to priorities and access issues in radiation therapy. The Faculty’s members span public and private facilities, metropolitan and regional centres and a full range of radiation therapy techniques and tumour streams.
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  • Summer '17
  • Ahmed Bukhari
  • Oncology, Radiation Therapy – Radiation Oncology Health

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