Quality and Standards

RANZCR aims to continually improve the quality and standards of clinical radiology and radiation oncology services in Australia and New Zealand. This is done by developing quality and safety resources and engaging with external stakeholders to support their implementation.

Standards

A central component of our quality and standards work involves the development and maintenance of documented standards for both professions.

To find current standards, see:

The development of standards is a continuing, consultative process. RANZCR welcomes feedback and suggestions for improvements that can be made to the standards. Please contact the Quality and Standards team with your feedback or suggestions.

Standards of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

The Standards of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology present 15 standards developed for clinical radiology practices. Standards 1-7 cover generic requirements applicable to all medical imaging services; Standards 8-15 cover modality specific requirements, applicable depending on the scope of services provided by medical imaging services.

Radiation Oncology Practice Standards

The Radiation Oncology Practice Standards (ROPS) presents 16 standards developed for radiation therapy centres to assist, and achieve best practice by providing a framework of requirements. Supporting the ROPS, a Supplementary Guide was developed that incorporates useful information that can assist radiation therapy centres in implementing and working towards achieving the Standards.

Quality Projects

RANZCR also runs a number of specific initiatives in quality and safety. These projects aim to improve the quality and safety of radiology and radiation oncology services, and are particularly directed towards increasing the understanding of clinical radiology and radiation oncology in the community and among health professionals.

Targeting Cancer

The Targeting Cancer website is a trusted source of information about radiation therapy for cancer patients and their families, and health professionals, especially general practitioners.

Visit Targeting Cancer

InsideRadiology 

InsideRadiology provides consumers and health professionals with free, accurate, up-to-date, and easily accessible information about medical imaging tests and procedures.

All information is written by Fellows of the College or other expert health professionals, and made as easy as possible to understand for consumers and healthcare professionals.

Visit InsideRadiology

Education Modules for Appropriate Imaging Referrals

A suite of 10 stand-alone web-based educational modules has been developed to encourage more appropriate medical imaging referrals by influencing how health professionals think about the place of imaging in patient assessment and care. The modules are designed to be delivered early in a health professional’s career.

Along with the education modules, a free smartphone app has been created to walk users through the clinical decision rules. “Imaging CDRs” is available for iOS and Android users.

Find out more and see the modules

Guidance for GP Referrals for MRI Studies

The aim of this project was to develop best practice guidance materials to help general practitioners make appropriate use of the new MRI studies that Australian GPs could refer for under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

From the project, a guidance document and video were developed.

eHealth

The Faculty of Clinical Radiology has developed a range of materials to improve the quality of information sharing between radiology practices, referring clinicians and consumers. The Faculty also advocates for improvements to referrals, image sharing with referrers, access to historic imaging and for consumers to have access to their clinical radiology reports.

Past Projects

Information about past quality and safety activities, for example the Quality Use of Diagnostic Imaging (QUDI) program, is available from the past quality projects page.