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Table 3 Key beliefs by actors and time period

From: Establishment of radiation therapy services in North West Tasmania: a community need or election strategy?

Belief Level Pre 2007 2007–10 2010–15 2015/16
Coordination of care PC F, H, C S S, H  
Support SA F, C S H, M  
Travel, Transport & Accommodation (as a solution) PC H F, S, H, C S, H  
Travel, Transport & Accommodation (as a burden) PC M C C C
Safety and sustainability DC S, H F, S, H F. S  
Centralisation versus maintenance of services SA H, C    M
Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) SA H S   
Equity & access DC F, S, H C C S, C, M
Politically-driven change PC    H, C M
Staff skills SA F   S, M  
Duplication of services SA S   H  
Recruitment & retention of staff SA S, H S, H S, H, M  
Health budgets SA S F H F
Community expectations PC   F, C, M F, S, C, M C
Urgency of the issue PC   S C  
  1. F = Federal Health Policy Actors: all stakeholders working or operating at a Federal level in the debate, design or implementation of cancer services affecting Tasmania
  2. S = State Health Policy Actors: all stakeholders working or operating at a State level in the debate, design or implementation of cancer services affecting Tasmania
  3. H = Health Professionals: those working in a health profession or as part of an organisation that represented a health profession. This includes medical professionals, nurses and allied health professionals
  4. C = Community and Community Advocates: members of the public or organisations or groups whose role was to advocate on behalf of the community or cancer patients
  5. M = Media: those employed in the media industry who provided comment relating to cancer services in Tasmania as part of their occupation, or media outlets themselves where no reporter or author was identified
  6. DC Deep Core, PC Policy Core, SA Secondary Aspects