Comparison of a Commonwealth-initiated regional radiation oncology facility in Toowoomba with a Queensland Health facility

Poulsen, M., Middleton, M., McQuitty, S., Ramsay, J., Gogna, K., Martin, J., Khoo, E., Wong, W., Fairweather, R. and Walpole, E. (2010) Comparison of a Commonwealth-initiated regional radiation oncology facility in Toowoomba with a Queensland Health facility. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 54 4: 368-374. doi:10.1111/j.1754-9485.2010.02166.x


Author Poulsen, M.
Middleton, M.
McQuitty, S.
Ramsay, J.
Gogna, K.
Martin, J.
Khoo, E.
Wong, W.
Fairweather, R.
Walpole, E.
Title Comparison of a Commonwealth-initiated regional radiation oncology facility in Toowoomba with a Queensland Health facility
Journal name Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9477
1754-9485
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1754-9485.2010.02166.x
Volume 54
Issue 4
Start page 368
End page 374
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Vic, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The aim was to compare a private Commonwealth-initiated regional radiation oncology facility in Toowoomba with a Queensland Health facility (QHF) in Brisbane. The comparison concentrated on staffing, case mix and operational budgets, but was not able to look at changes in access to services. Data were collected from the two facilities from January 2008 to June 2008 inclusive. A number of factors were compared, including case mix, staffing levels, delay times for treatment, research, training and treatment costs. The case mix between the two areas was similar with curative treatments making up just over half the work load in both centres and two-thirds the work being made up of cancers of breast and prostate. Staffing levels were leaner in Toowoomba, especially in the areas of nursing, administration and trial coordinators. Research activity was slightly higher in Toowoomba. The average medicare cost per treatment course was similar in both centres ($5000 per course). Total costs of an average treatment including patient, State and Commonwealth costs, showed a 30% difference in costing favouring Toowoomba. This regional radiation oncology centre has provided state-of-the-art cancer care that is close to home for patients living in the Darling Downs region. Both public and private patients have been treated with modest costs to the patient and significant savings to QH. The case mix is similar to the QHF, and there has been significant activity in clinical research. A paperless working environment is one factor that has allowed staffing levels to be reduced. Ongoing support from Governments are required if private facilities are to participate in important ongoing staff training.
Keyword Comparison
Radiation oncology
Rural
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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