Linear Accelerator Fleet in 2012
As of December 2011, there were 168 linear accelerators installed in Radiation Oncology centres throughout Australia, 108 (74%) were in the public sector and 60 (36%) in the private sector. Table one shows the number of linear accelerators by state and territory.
Linear accelerators in Australia 2011
|State/territory||Public||Private||Total||Population Sep 2011 ‘00016||Population per linac ‘000|
Currency of radiotherapy equipment is maintained though the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing program – Radiation Oncology Health Program Grants, which reimburses the cost of expensive eligible radiation oncology equipment to facilities. A profile of the linear accelerators in Australia is provided in Appendix II and demonstrates that government support has resulted in a reduction in the average age of linear accelerators.