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In 2015–16, 60,600 courses of radiotherapy were delivered in Australia. For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 9 days, and 90% within 27 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 91% began treatment within the emergency timeframe. Data covered effectively 100% of courses delivered in Australia.
38% of radiotherapy was palliative (50% started treatment within 6 days, 90% started treatment within 19 days)
58% of radiotherapy was curative (50% started treatment within 14 days, 90% started treatment within 29 days)
2% of radiotherapy courses were emergency. Most of these cases were palliative
For patients who needed emergency radiotherapy, 91% began radiotherapy on the same day or the next day
This report presents data from the first year of the Radiotherapy Waiting Times National Minimum Data Set, which covers radiotherapy courses that started in 2015–16 and the waiting times for those courses. This follows two years of a pilot data collection.
Coverage of radiotherapy courses in Australia for 2015–16 across both public and private sectors was effectively 100%. Data were submitted from 44 public-sector sites and 33 private-sector sites.
Participating providers reported data for about 60,600 courses of radiotherapy that began in 2015–16. These data showed that:
In 2015–16, 50% of patients received treatment within 9 days of being assessed as ready for care, and 90% received treatment within 27 days.
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