Academic Nursing Unit 2021 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 and payment processing 

Course registration and payment is a two step process.

  1. Applicants forward the completed to [email protected] . Academic Nursing Unit reception staff email confirmation of course enrolment and process for course payment, to the applicant
  2. Applicant pays for the course as per the instructions provided, no later than 4 weeks prior to course commencement.

Fees include morning and afternoon refreshments only.

If your employing organisation is providing payment, please ensure completion of the Line Manager and invoice address sections of the registration form, including provision of a Purchase Order number.

Enrolment confirmation

Enrolment will be confirmed via email to your email address on receipt of the completed registration form.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within two weeks of submitting your form, please contact Academic Nursing Unit on (03) 8559 7591.

Cancellation/Inability to attend  

If unable to attend a course that you are enrolled in, please notify the Academic Nursing Unit 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.

Please note: programs may be cancelled or changed to remote delivery at short notice, due to COVID restrictions.


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 and contribute toward continuing professional development.


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

Please note, some programs may be allocated to remote delivery.


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

For course content enquiries contact Tracey Taylor, Short Course Coordinator. Email: [email protected].

Short Course Programs 2021

RN/EN           ($198)

Tuesday, 20 April - SOLD OUT         Thursday, 16 September SOLD OUT         

Tuesday, 30 November (Remote delivery)

This in an introductory level 1 day program. 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.

RN/EN/ALLIED HEALTH           ($198)

Tuesday, February 16 (Remote delivery) - SOLD OUT             Thursday, 22 April - SOLD OUT         

Monday, 5 July SOLD OUT       Monday, 13 September (Remote delivery)  SOLD OUT       Wednesday, 20 October (Changed to remote delivery - a few places remaining) 

This in an introductory level 1 day program. 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.

RN   ($660)

Course 1:  Thursday, 6, Friday, 7, Tuesday, 11, Wednesday 12, Tuesday, 18 May - SOLD OUT

Course 2:  Tuesday 10, Wednesday, 11, Thursday, 12, Tuesday, 24, Wednesday 25 August SOLD OUT 

Course 3:  Tuesday, 16, Wednesday, 17, Thursday, 18, Wednesday, 24, Thursday, 25 November  Changed to remote delivery - SOLD OUT 

This is an intermediate level course, scheduled over 4.5 days. 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.  

RN/EN/ALLIED HEALTH           ($198)

Thursday, 29 April - SOLD OUT          Tuesday, 31 August   REMOTE DELIVERY       Wednesday, 10 November Changed to remote delivery

This in an introductory level 1 day program.  This module provides participants with an overview of haematopoiesis and haematological diseases including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  Pathophysiology, treatment and patient management are discussed. 

RN/EN/ALLIED HEALTH           ($330 - 2 DAY PROGRAM)

Wednesday, 1 September & Tuesday, 2 September (POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2 & 3, 2022)

This is a two day program aimed at nurses and allied health clinicians engaged in the care of complex haematology patients.


Advances in the lab & implications for practice, Infection issues in the immunocompromised patient, Nurse-led research, Treatment toxicities impacting on survivorship (Fertility preservation, Cognitive issues), Acute toxicities (Cytokine release syndrome, venous thrombotic events), BiTe - innovative treatment in lymphoma and myeloma, Car T-cell Therapy (overview, product and nursing considerations), Tumour stream updates, The patient journey (Prehabilitation, Adolescent & Young Adult, Palliative Care)

Enrol for both Haematology Module One (August 31)  and Haematology: Beyond the Basics (September 1 & 2) for $495

RN/EN/ALLIED HEALTH           ($198)

Monday, 26 April - SOLD OUT         Thursday, 24 June   SOLD OUT        Wednesday, 4 August (Remote delivery)  Monday November 22 (CANCELLED)

This in an introductory level 1 day program. 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.

RN/EN          ($198)

Wednesday, 19 May

This in an introductory level 1 day program. 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.

RN/EN          ($198 - FULL DAY)    ($118.80 - CANNULATION ONLY)

                      ($79.20 - CVAD ONLY)

Tuesday, 17 August    SOLD OUT       Monday, 6 December SOLD OUT 

This in an introductory level 1 day program.  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.

RN/EN          ($198)

Wednesday, 23 June

This introductory 1 day program 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.