Planning for the Best

Tripartite National Strategic Plan for Radiation Oncology 2012-2022

Key Issues

There are multiple barriers for rural and regional cancer patients to access services:

  • The availability of quality and timely cancer care;
    • Financial burden of cancer and its treatment has a disproportionate impact on patients based on their geographical location;
    • Travel to receive treatments and the associated social burden;
    • Opportunities in communications technology still waiting to be harnessed to improve care and patient convenience;
  • Rural and regional radiotherapy centres face challenges with recruitment and retention of workforce;
  • Lack of effective coordination in service planning and workforce development for rural service provision.