How do we bring an acceptable level of radiotherapy services to a dispersed population?


Professor JW Denham, Department of Radiation Oncology, Newcastle University Medical School, Locked Bag 7, Hunter Region Mail Centre, NSW 2310, Australia.


Radiotherapy referral data from four Australian States confirm that access difficulties contribute to low radiotherapy utilization rates. Access could be improved by the provision of further small treatment centres in moderately large rural or semi-rural population centres. Such a policy, however, could endanger existing standards of radiotherapeutic care unless the potential pitfalls of such an approach are addressed prospectively.