Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes (RBCO)
Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes (RBCO) provides a snapshot of current performance and trends in cancer prevention, screening, treatment and clinical trials. We are using the data intelligence we have today to improve cancer outcomes for tomorrow.
Reporting annually since 2010, the RBCO program provides local and state-wide cancer data to Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks. This aims to help them identify opportunities to improve the cancer services they provide. In doing so, the RBCO program helps ensure every person in NSW affected by cancer receives world-class cancer treatment and care, wherever they live.
See Cancer Control in NSW – Annual Performance Report 2015
Why is RBCO important?
RBCO provides important cancer data and information to Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to:
- identify unwarranted variations in cancer services and outcomes
- highlight where we can make the biggest difference in cancer outcomes
- apply evidence-based research across the state and across the population.
How does RBCO work?
By measuring a set of key performance indicators developed and reviewed annually, the RBCO program works with 17 Local Health Districts and 10 Primary Health Networks across NSW to assess and review health system performance in:
- cancer prevention
- early detection
- cancer treatment and service delivery
- cancer research.
The RBCO program effectively identifies unwarranted variations between Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks, and turns this information into meaningful recommendations that can be used to make improvements to local health services and improve cancer outcomes across NSW.
When does RBCO occur?
RBCO is a continuous annual cycle that involves:
- Development of relevant key performance indicators.
- Collection of data against key performance indicators.
- Data analysis.
- Production of 17 LHD Reports, 10 PHN Reports, and 1 Statewide Report.
- Annual strategic performance review and quality improvement forums with Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks.
- Six-monthly interim operational meetings with Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks.