Planning for the Best

Tripartite National Strategic Plan for Radiation Oncology 2012-2022

Key Issues

Indigenous Australians have unique needs with respect to radiation oncology for the following reasons:

  • Different patterns of cancer incidence compared to non-Indigenous Australians;
  • Later diagnosis and lower survival;
  • Continued disadvantage in accessing treatments;
  • Cultural considerations;
  • Limited data and research on Indigenous cancer care, particularly in metropolitan settings.