Radiation Oncology National Linear Accelerator and Workforce Plan – NZ Ministry of Health – 20 June 2014
“This Radiation Oncology National Linear Accelerator and Workforce Plan (‘the Plan’) is intended to inform a nationally coordinated approach to radiation oncology service and capacity development, within the context of the National Cancer Programme.
The Plan focuses in particular on projected demand growth for radiation therapy, its implications for linear accelerator (‘linac’) and workforce capacity, and associated cost impacts. It also considers issues arising from this capacity modelling, including:
variation in access to radiation therapy
radiation therapy intervention rates
development of national benchmarking and standards to support performance and quality improvement
evaluation and uptake of new techniques and models of care
fostering national collaboration.
It builds on initial capacity planning of radiation therapy services published in 2012 by the regional cancer networks, and provides national guidance and a tool (the ‘National Linear Accelerator and Workforce Capacity Model’) to support further development of local and regional service and capacity planning by DHBs. In addition, the Plan will inform national decision-making by the Ministry and other central agencies on radiation oncology services over the next 5–10 years.
The aims of national planning for radiation oncology services are to support:”
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