Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes Program

Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes (RBCO) is a program focused on continuous improvement across the NSW cancer health system

Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes Program

The program monitors and reports on key areas of cancer control, such as cancer prevention, screening, treatment and clinical trials. In this way, we are using the data intelligence we have today to improve cancer outcomes for tomorrow.

Reporting annually since 2011, the RBCO Program provides local and statewide cancer data to key stakeholders across the NSW health sector.

This helps them to 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.

Why is RBCO important?

Regularly reporting cancer data and information, RBCO aims to:

  • inform and facilitate engagement between executive level and front-line staff across the health sector
  • highlight and understand different results between geographical areas and population groups
  • support and facilitate the uptake of best practice, current evidence and continuous quality improvement
  • influence the health system to lessen the impact of cancer across NSW.

How does RBCO work?

The RBCO Program develops and reviews a set of key performance indicators each year. It measures these indicators and works with 15 local health districts (LHDs), one speciality health network, 10 primary health networks (PHNs) and 10 private hospitals across NSW to assess and review health system performance in the following areas:

  • Cancer prevention: To reduce the number of people getting cancer
  • Cancer screening: To find cancers early
  • Cancer treatment: To ensure people with cancer are assessed quickly, and get the best and most appropriate treatment
  • Cancer research: To support the development of new treatments and approaches to cancer care

The RBCO program effectively identifies where there are differences in results between geographical areas and population groups. It then 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
  • data analysis
  • production of 15 LHD reports, one speciality health network report, 10 PHN reports, 10 private hospital reports, and a statewide report
  • regular operational meetings and an annual strategic performance review and quality improvement forum with each LHD, PHN and selected private hospitals.