The National Radiotherapy Waiting Times Database is a collation of records related to courses of radiotherapy that began in a reference period. The data collected includes administrative details, patient demographic characteristics and some clinical information. The database was primarily designed to enable reporting of waiting times for radiotherapy services which are calculated as the time between the patient's ready-for-care date and the date of the first megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment.
from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018
National and state
Establishments in scope are those healthcare establishments that provide megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment (in-scope radiotherapy treatment). Both public and private establishments are in scope. While it is mandatory for public establishments to report data to the national minimum data set (NMDS), private providers are also encouraged to participate.
The scope is not limited by patient diagnosis: it includes people with cancer (notifiable and non-notifiable) and people who do not have cancer.
People in scope are those who started a course of radiotherapy treatment within the reference period.
For public establishments, all in-scope activity should be reported, including services provided by specialists operating under right of private practice arrangements.
Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)
Radiotherapy waiting times NMDS 2015-2018
Radiotherapy waiting times DSS 2013-15
External links and information
Radiotherapy in Australia 2016–17
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