Nursing Education 2018 Short Course information

In the constantly changing context of cancer care, healthcare professionals require relevant and evidence-based education to inform care and to develop expertise in the speciality. Using a face-to-face ‘speak with an expert’ model, the nursing short course program provides you with opportunities to build knowledge and skill in managing patients with cancer.

Registration Process 

Please complete all sections of the 2018 short course registration form and send completed form to Education Department via fax  03 8559 7599 or email  [email protected]

Fees/Payment processing 

Course payment will be processed within 14 days of receipt of the registration form.  Fees can be paid by money order, cheque or credit card (MasterCard or Visa) and include GST. Cheques should be made payable to: Nursing Education, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.  Fees include morning and afternoon refreshments only.

Please ensure sufficient funds are available for payments made by credit card. A fee of $10 will be charged each time a credit card payment is declined and requires re-processing.  

If your employing organisation is providing payment, please ensure completion of the Line Manager and invoice address sections of the registration form.

Enrolment confirmation

Enrolment will be confirmed via email to your email address on receipt of the completed registration form and successful processing of payment. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two weeks of submitting your form, please contact Nursing Education on 03 8559 7591.

Cancellation/Inability to attend  

If unable to attend a course that you are enrolled in, please notify Nursing Education by email/phone message to [email protected]  / 03 8559 7591 prior to course commencement. Cancellations made up to one week prior to commencement of the course for which you are enrolled will be refunded at 80 per cent of the fee. There is no refund for cancellations made within one week of the course commencement date.

Peter Mac reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet enrolment requirements. Course fees will be fully refunded in the event of such cancellation.


Certificates will be issued to all participants who complete 80 per cent of the course and gain a satisfactory pass in any assessment. Certificates indicate the number of hours attendance that contribute toward continuing professional development.


All courses will be held in Education Centre, Level 7A, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan Street, Melbourne  unless otherwise specified. 


For course content enquiries contact Tracey Taylor, Short Course Coordinator. Email: [email protected]
or phone 03 8559 7598.

For registration and enquiries regarding course availability contact reception on 03 8559 7591 or email [email protected]

All short courses will be held in Education Centre. Level 7A, Meeting Room 7B (Room 07.2.061) unless otherwise indicated below.

2018 courses

Cancer Care Emergencies
RN, ENIntroductory1 day program
  • Monday April 9
  • Tuesday August 28 (COURSE FULL)
  • Tuesday November 13

This course aims to provide participants with an overview of the definition, cause, clinical features, diagnostic tests and medical and nursing management of patients experiencing common oncologic emergencies, For example, SVC syndrome, Spinal cord compression, Septic shock.

Chemotherapy Module One
RN, EN, Allied HealthIntroductory1 day program
  • Tuesday February 6
  • Tuesday March 27
  • Thursday June 14
  • Wednesday August 29 (COURSE FULL)
  • Tuesday October 16
  • Wednesday December 5

This introductory module provides the Registered Nurse with the underlying principles and theory of safe practice related to administration and ongoing management of cytotoxic drugs including side effect management and patient education. 

Chemotherapy Module Two
RNIntermediate5.5 day program
  • Course 1; February; Mon 19, Tues 20, Wed 21, Tues 27, Wed 28 March; Tues 13
  • Course 2; June; Mon 25, Tues 26, Wed 27, July; Tues 3, Wed 4, Tues 17
  • Course 3; October; Mon 29, Tues 30, Wed 31,  November; Wed 7, Thurs 8, Tues 20

Chemotherapy Module Two, open only to Registered Nurses, builds on the knowledge gained from Chemotherapy Nursing Module One (or equivalent).  This program will benefit those nurses working in areas where chemotherapy is a major treatment modality.  Content includes review of cancer cell biology, chemotherapy and targeted therapy mode of action, common toxicities and patient management.  Previous chemotherapy administration experience will be an advantage. Pre-requisite: Chemotherapy Module One (or equivalent – RPL application required).  Assessment: Examination

Delivering Innovative Cancer Survivorship Care
Allied Health
Introductory/ Intermediate1 day program 
9:00am– 4:30pm
  • Wednesday May 23
  • Friday December 7

This introductory workshop is open to all nursing and allied health staff. It will provide participants with key knowledge, skills and resources for implementing cancer survivorship care into practice. The program will cover key elements of survivorship, the common experiences of cancer survivors, motivational interviewing techniques, chronic disease management in primary care, tools and resources, and allow groups to participate in interactive sessions to acquire and apply new skills. The workshop will be facilitated by a cancer nurse experienced in survivorship care plan implementation.

Haematological Malignancies - Module One
Allied Health
Introductory1 day program
  • Thursday April 19 (COURSE FULL)
  • Monday July 9 (COURSE FULL)
  • Thursday September 13

This module provides participants with an overview of haematopoiesis and haematological diseases including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  Pathophysiology, treatment and patient management are discussed.  A patient case study provides opportunity for reflection on the impact of the disease and treatment, including nursing management issues.

 Haematology - Beyond the basics (in partnership with Melbourne Health) 
RNAdvanced1 day program
Friday September 14 (Lecture Theatre B)$154

Advances in the lab and implications for practice, a pathway of discovery: cancer biology and drug development, the impact of immunotherapies on infection risk in patients with blood cancers, rapid fire presentations, Novel therapeutics in lymphoma with an emphasis on immunotherapies and their complications, changing world of apheresis, developments in sickle cell management, additional topic TBA

Introduction to Cancer
Allied Health
Introductory1 day program
  • Tuesday January 16
  • Tuesday March 6
  • Tuesday June 5
  • Tuesday September 18
  • Thursday November 22

Course content provides an overview of cancer as a disease process including epidemiology, cell physiology, carcinogenesis, treatment options and the physical and psychosocial impact of cancer on the patient.

Pain management in the oncology setting
RN, EN, Allied HealthIntroductory1 day program
  • Thursday May 24
  • Wednesday October 3

This course focuses on the issue of pain in people with cancer. It covers the causes of cancer related pain, pathophysiology, nursing assessment of pain and its pharmacological management.

Peripheral cannulation/Central venous access device (CVAD) management

 1 day program

 Cannulation (0830 – 1230)

 CVAD (1315 – 1630)

  • Thursday February 8
  • Thursday November 29
  • $154 (full day)
  • $84.70
    (Cann only)
  • $69.30
    (CVAD only)

This course provides the necessary theory for peripheral cannulation siting and CVAD management in adult patients. The program content outlines the various types of central venous access devices and cannulas, indications and rationale for use, and subsequent management. Simulated cannulation practice under supervision links the clinical procedure with the theoretical component. Cannulation scheduled in am, CVAD second half of day. Half day attendance is available.

Radiotherapy Module One
Allied Health

1 day program

  • Thursday March 22
  • Monday September 24 (COURSE FULL)

This introductory module acquaints participants with types of radiotherapy including external beam, brachytherapy and radioactive isotopes, the biological impact of radiation on cancerous and normal tissue, adverse side effects and the nursing management of people undergoing radiotherapy.

Topics in Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Care: Series 1

Allied Health
Introductory1 day program 8:30am - 3:30pmFriday November 9            $154

This is the first of two courses exploring key issues in and approaches to the physical, emotional and psychosocial care of AYA with cancer. Topics include AYA epidemiology and common malignancies, mental and physical health and wellbeing, education and vocation needs, and AYA referral pathways and clinical resources.  The patient experience and strategies for supportive care will also be explored through an interactive case based discussion.