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About the Queensland Cancer Quality Index

The Cancer Index is a first for Queensland. It has been developed for public and private cancer services. Published yearly, it will allow the community and government to track Queensland's progress delivering safe, quality cancer care.

The Cancer Index has been developed by the Queensland Cancer Control Safety and Quality Partnership (The Partnership). The first version of the Cancer Index focuses on cancer surgery for breast, pancreas, colon, rectal, oesophago-gastric and lung cancers. It reports on survival, length of hospital stay, mortality after surgery and waiting times.

The Cancer Index highlights areas for improvement and identifies where cancer services are performing well.

  • Cancer survival in Queensland compares favourably with the rest of Australia.
  • Queensland mortality rates after cancer surgery are among the best in the world. Mortality after cancer surgery is decreasing.
  • More rural women, indigenous and disadvantaged Queenslanders waited longer for cancer surgery. These differences need further exploration.

The Cancer Index has been endorsed by the Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Last updated: Mar 31, 2015
© The State of Queensland, Queensland Health (QCCAT), 2013