Nursing education

Specialised nursing professional education is available to all health professionals interested in evidence-based and up-to-date cancer knowledge. Peter Mac courses provide you with a unique opportunity to meet expert clinicians as they explain the clinical application of their knowledge.

What we offer

We offer a wide range of education options including short courses, undergraduate experiences, graduate and postgraduate courses, all specific to the cancer setting.

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Professional entry nursing clinical placements

Peter Mac supports approximately 170 nursing student placements annually. Students have the opportunity to work in a welcoming and supportive multidisciplinary team environment to care for patients with cancer. Placements are offered in acute care clinical settings including the inpatient Wards, Operating Suite, Day Therapy, Specialist Clinics, Clinical Trials Unit, Radiotherapy Nursing, and Peter Mac at Home (community nursing service).  Additionally, a number of places are facilitated in the Palliative Care ward.

Clinical placements are arranged between Peter Mac and several Education Providers via the Placeright web-based information system. If you are interested in undertaking a nursing clinical placement, please speak with your Education Provider. You are also welcome to contact Tracey Taylor, Short Course/Undergraduate Program Coordinator, by email at [email protected].

Before beginning a clinical placement you will be required to meet the requirements as set out by the Department of Health Student Induction Protocol and your Education Provider. You must also carry photo identification at all times during your placement.

Continuing Education Program

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 short course program provides you with opportunities to build knowledge and skill in managing patients with cancer.

The 2023 short course information outlines the process for short course enrolment via the Learning Hub. 

For course content enquiries contact Tracey Taylor, Short Course Coordinator by email at [email protected] or phone (03) 8559 7598.

For registration enquiries contact reception on (03) 8559 7591or email [email protected].


The Peter Mac Graduate Nurse Program provides opportunities for graduate nurses to consolidate and expand their clinical ability, judgement and confidence while working as valued members of the organisation. 

The program is structured to encourage reflective practice and to help you begin to identify the many possibilities available in your nursing career.

There will be more than 30 graduate nurse positions available in 2024, with intakes in February and March.

See the Graduate Nurse Program for all the information regarding wards and units, program details, eligibility and application process, and interview process.

The Peter Mac Graduate Nurse Program Information Evening will be held virtually on Tuesday 6 June.  Please see the Graduate Nurse Program page for further details. 

Contact us

For enquiries regarding the Graduate Nurse Program, contact:

Michelle Rutherford
Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator
Phone: (03) 8559 7597
Email: [email protected]

cancer nursing discovery program

The Cancer Nursing Discovery Program is a comprehensive professional development program supporting Registered Nurses to transition into an acute oncology setting, and/or further build and consolidate foundational cancer nursing skills over a 12-month period.

During the program, participants will have the opportunity to work alongside a multidisciplinary team of world class cancer experts, caring for patients’ through-out the treatment trajectory, from diagnosis, through to treatment, supportive care, survivorship and palliative care.   

See the Cancer Nursing Discovery Program for all the information regarding wards and units, program details, eligibility and application process, and interview process.

Contact us

For enquiries regarding the Graduate Nurse Program, contact:

Lou Wilks
Cancer Nursing Discovery Program Coordinator
Phone: (03) 8559 5674
Email: [email protected]

Postgraduate study

Peter Mac promotes and values ongoing postgraduate studies for nurses and facilitates access to clinical support where possible. Peter Mac is a centre of excellence for the University of Melbourne Postgraduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

Postgraduate studies can provide preparation for work as a specialist nurse, furthering the knowledge base and encouraging critical reflection of clinical practice.