Nursing Education 2017 Short Courses 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 2017 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 enquiries contact Tracey Taylor, Short Course Coordinator. Email: [email protected]
or phone 03 8559 7598.

For registration enquiries 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.

Cancer Care Emergencies
RN, ENIntroductory1 day program

Tuesday 4 April (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday 19 September (COURSE FULL)
Thursday 9 November (NEW DATE)


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 7 February (COURSE FULL)
Monday 27 March (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday 6 June (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday 29 August (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday14 November


This introductory module provides the Registered Nurse with the underlying principles and theory of safe practise related to administration and ongoing management of cytotoxic drugs including side effect management and patient education.  The Management of cytotoxic chemotherapy learning package and competency assessment tool is linked to this program.

Chemotherapy Module Two
RNIntermediate5.5 day program

Course 1; February; Mon 20, Tues 21, Wed 22,
Mon 27, Tues 28, March; Tues 14
Course 2; June; Mon 19, Tues 20, Wed 21,
Mon 26, Tues 27, July; Tues 11
Course 3; October; Mon 9, Tues 10, Wed 11,
Mon 16, Tues 17, Tues 31


Open only to Registered Nurses, 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.  Previous chemotherapy administration experience will be an advantage. Pre-requisite: Chemotherapy Module One (or equivalent e.g. EviQ online modules x 8). Assessment: Examination

Delivering Innovative Cancer Survivorship Care
Allied Health
Intermediate1 day program 
9:00am– 4:30pm

Thursday 9 March
Wednesday 19 July
Wednesday 29 November (CHANGE OF DATE)


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 27 April (COURSE FULL)
Thursday 3 August - ADDITIONAL COURSE
Wednesday 6 September (COURSE FULL)


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.

Haematological Malignancies - Advanced Haematology Nursing 
RNAdvanced1 day program
Thursday 7 September$154

Topics will include; Future Therapies for Lymphoma & Leukaemia, Infectious Diseases, Pain Management, Thrombosis & Cancer, Survivorship, Cellular Therapies

Introduction to Cancer
Allied Health
Introductory1 day program

Tuesday 17 January
Tuesday 7 March (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday 18 July (COURSE FULL)
Monday 23 October (COURSE FULL)


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
Tuesday 24 October (COURSE FULL)$154

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
RNIntroductory1 day program

Thursday 9 February (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday May 2 (COURSE FULL)
Tuesday 1 August (COURSE FULL)

Radiotherapy Module One
Allied Health
Introductory1 day program

Thursday 23 March (COURSE FULL)
Wednesday 27 September (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.

Radiotherapy Module Two

RNIntermediate1 day program 8:30am - 4:30pmThursday 28 September$154

Proposed Topics; Treatment planning, Management of the patient with prostate and gynaecological malignancies receiving radiotherapy treatment, Combined modality treatment – the use of radioisotopes, Predictive nutritional interventions for Head & Neck patients, Management of patients with tracheostomy/laryngectomy receiving radiotherapy, late effects of radiotherapy