Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team
QCR (Queensland Cancer Registry) Information
The operation of the QCR and its responsibilities are legislated under the provisions of the Public Health Act 2005.
Queensland Health contracts with Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) to maintain the Queensland Cancer Registry (QCR) under the QCR Maintenance Agreement. The QCR Maintenance Agreement is managed by the Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team (QCCAT) under the auspices of the Metro South Hospital & Health Service.
The QCR is a population-based registry which covers the QLD population. The registry collects information about new cases of cancer and produces statistics about incidence, prevalence, survival and mortality. QCR is one of the larger population based cancer registries in Australia and a unique data resource, dating back to 1982.
Together with other State and Territory data, Queensland Cancer Registry data is used to compile national statistics on cancer incidence and mortality. The data is used to help support key activities such as health service planning and cancer research. For national statistics see Cancer In Australia.
QCCAT continues to work in collaboration with CCQ and the QCR in striving towards the ongoing management of the existing QCR system in parallel with planning the development of the future QCR or 'virtual cancer registry'. The development of a new registry will place Queensland at the forefront of Cancer Registry management in Australia.
QCR receives approximately 164,000 notifications each year, increasing by 2% annually. 75% of cancer notifications received are paper based. QCCAT and QCR are working on improving cancer notification and the QCR system to receive and process notifications electronically. Please see below an update on progress:
Public and Private Hospitals
All public hospitals send cancer notifications electronically via HBCIS to the QCR. In addition, the QCR has worked closely with some of the large private hospitals to supply cancer notifications electronically.
Negotiations are in progress with Queensland pathology laboratories to provide cancer notifications via HL7 messages.
Cancer Registry Imaging System
Until recently the QCR was primarily paper based and over 450,000 hard copy patient records were stored in filing bays. In 2010, QCCAT implemented the Cancer Registry Imaging System (CRIS), this record scanning system was customised specifically for the Queensland Cancer Registry (QCR) to assist in electronically managing and processing patient records and cancer notifications. This is a key component of the QLD Health strategy to develop a paperless, 'virtual' cancer registry.
An annual report 'Cancer in Queensland, Incidence and Mortality' is produced by QCR, which gives an overview of the Registry's data for the most recent year of incidence. You can download the most up to date version of the Registry's annual report.
To view additional cancer registry incidence and mortality data by health service district, socio-economic group, rurality or survival, register for online access to OASys
Further information is available by viewing the Cancer Registry website
QCR supports key activities such as cancer research in Queensland and nationally. In 2010, over twenty research projects were approved and conducted using QCR data.
Researchers can request access to Queensland Cancer Registry data by completing the relevant application packages on Cancer Registry website
If you require access to QCR data please contact the QCR in the first instance.
QCR contact details are:
QLD Cancer Registry
Locked Bag No. 1450
Spring Hill, QLD 4004
Last updated: Nov 11, 2013