Office of Cancer Education

Peter Mac's Office of Cancer Education is committed to providing a coordinated program of high-quality education to the Peter Mac workforce, students, patients, carers and the Peter Mac community.

Peter Mac recognises the importance of education and learning for our staff and students to support advances in cancer care. Education builds and sustains the capability needed to support improvements in health care for patients. Education provides staff with the ability to mobilise knowledge for caring, discovery, learning and decision making, leading to improvements in quality and safety of patient care.

The Office of Cancer Education works with educators across the organisation to support the learning needs of our staff, students and patients and their carers. Knowledge exchange with our partnerships and networks provides access to high-quality education for our clinical and research staff that benefits our patients. 

The Office of Cancer Education has a strategic focus on education that is evidence-driven, to support our patient-centred focus in clinical care and research. We aim to lead, coordinate and harness educational activity across the organisation to deliver against our strategic education directions:

  • Excellence in education and learning
  • Patients as partners in education
  • Transforming learning through contemporary approaches
  • Harnessing partnerships. 

Progress towards our strategic education goals will be supported by three enablers:

  • Sustainability through centralised governance and operations 
  • Centralised digital platform and resources enabling flexible learning opportunities: continuing development of digital resources to support educational programs for our staff and patients
  • The Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment (BPCLE) Framework: providing a system for ongoing evaluation and review of education at Peter Mac.

Our team of specialist educators support education and learning across all disciplines in the hospital and research areas, including education for:

Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology, Paediatrics, Pharmacy, Survivorship, and Primary Health Care.

Our Wellbeing Centre offers a variety of programs, services and education opportunities for patients, families and carers.

Our Research Education program manages the Comprehensive Cancer PhD Program (CCPhD) as the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology,  The University of Melbourne.

Our students come from Universities and education institutes state-wide, nationally and internationally.

We partner with education, healthcare and research institutes globally. These clinical and research education partnerships and knowledge exchange support our drive for excellence in education.

Contact us

For enquiries regarding the Office of Cancer Education, contact

A/Prof Caroline Owen
Director, Office of Cancer Education
Phone: (03) 8559 5948
Email: [email protected]