Nursing Education 2019 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 

  and send completed form to Education Department via fax (03) 8559 7599 or email  [email protected]rmac.org

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 emailing [email protected]  or phone (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

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.

Venue   

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

Enquiries

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.

2019 courses

Cancer Care Emergencies

RN, EN Introductory 1 day program
 0830 - 1630 
  • Thursday April 4
  • Wednesday August 28
  • Wednesday December 4
 $170
This in an introductory level course. 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 superior vena cava syndrome, spinal cord compression and septic shock.

Chemotherapy Module One

RN, EN,

Allied Health

Introductory 1 day program
 0830 - 1630 
  • Tuesday February 5
  • Thursday March 28
  • Thursday May 23
  • Tuesday July 16
  • Monday September 30
  • Tuesday Decmeber10
 $170
This is an introductory level course. This course provides participants with the underlying principles and theory of safe practice related to administration and management of cytotoxic drugs including side effect management and patient education.

Chemotherapy Module Two

RN        Intermediate    
 4.5 day program
 0830-1630 
  • Course 1; February 13, 14, 20, 21, March 7
  • Course 2; July 22, 23, 29, 30, August 13
  • Course 3; October 15, 16, 22, 23, November 6
 $572 
This is an intermediate level course. Completion of Chemotherapy Module 1 or an approved equivalent is a pre-requisite. Previous chemotherapy administration experience will be an advantage. This course builds on the knowledge gained from Chemotherapy Nursing Module 1 (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.  Formative and summative assessments are requirements of this program.

Haematological Malignancies - Module One

 RN, EN,
 Allied Health
 Introductory 1 day program
 0830 - 1630
  • Tuesday April 16
  • Wednesday August 21
  • Tuesday November 26
 $170

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) 

 RN Intermediate Duration and time TBA                     Date TBA     $TBA

Content TBA

Introduction to Cancer

RN, EN,
Allied Health
 Introductory  1 day program
 0830 - 1630
  • Tuesday January 15
  • Tuesday March 5
  • Tuesday June 18
  • Thursday August 29
  • Thursday November 28
 $170
This is an introductory level course. 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 Health Introductory 1 day program
 0830 - 1630
  • Tuesday May 14
  • Tuesday October 8
 $170
This is an introductory level course. This course focuses on the issue of pain in people with cancer. It covers the epidemiology and pathophysiology of pain, nursing assessment of pain, pharmacological and non pharmacological management of pain, the role of interventional procedures, the use of radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer pain and nursing management of delivery devices.

Peripheral cannulation/Central venous access device (CVAD) management

 RN  Introductory 

 1 day program
 0830 - 1630

 Cannulation       (0830 – 1230)
 CVAD                  (1315 – 1630)
  • Tuesday February 19
  • Wednesday July 31
  • Tuesday December 3

 $170 (full day)

 $102 (Cann only)

 $68 (CVAD only)

This is an introductory level course. This course provides the necessary theory for peripheral cannulation siting and central venous access device (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.

Peripheral cannulation content is scheduled in the first half of the day, CVAD-related content is scheduled in the second half of day. Half day attendance is available.

Radiotherapy Module One

RN, EN 
 
 Introductory

 1 day program
 0830 - 1630

  • Tuesday April 9
  • Thursday September 26
 $170

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

 RN, EN,
 Allied   Health
 Introductory

 1 day program 

 0830 - 1630

 Date TBA   $170
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.