Nursing Education 2020 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.


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.


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


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].

2020 courses 


Cancer Care Emergencies

RN, EN Introductory 1 day program
 0830 - 1630 
  • Tuesday, 31 March (CANCELLED)
  • Thursday, 27 August (REMOTE DELIVERY)
  • Tuesday, 1 December (REMOTE DELIVERY)
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


Allied Health

Introductory 1 day program
 0830 - 1630 
  • Thursday, 12 March COURSE FULL
  • Wednesday, 13 May (COURSE FULL)
  • Thursday, 16 July (CANCELLED)
  • Thursday 17 September (COURSE FULL)
  • Thursday, 10 December (REMOTE DELIVERY)
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    
 4.25 day program
  • Course 1;  23, 24, 30 June, 1, 7 July (CANCELLED)
  • Course 2; 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 November (COURSE FULL)
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, 2 June (CANCELLED)
  • Tuesday, 1 September (REMOTE DELIVERY)

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 - 2 day program (in partnership with Melbourne Health) 

 RN Intermediate 0800 - 1645  Wednesday, 2 & Thursday, 3 September (CANCELLED) $297

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

Topics will focus on:

  • Advances in the lab and implications for practice;
  • Paradigm-changing new treatments including CAR-T and other cellular therapies;
  • Infection prevention and management with a focus on managing patients risk in the era of immunotherapies;
  • VTE prevention and management – latest updates.
  • Nurse-led haematology research and evidence-based research
  • The complexities and challenges of managing the older adult with a haematological malignancy – case presentation and panel discussion
  • Spotlight on ‘hot topics’ in haematology  using a rapid fire presentation approach and so much more….

Enrol for both Haematology Module One (September 1)  and Haematology: Beyond the Basics (September 2 & 3) for $451

Introduction to Cancer

Allied Health
 Introductory  1 day program
 0830 - 1630
  • Tuesday, 3 March (COURSE FULL)
  • Thursday, 4 June (CANCELLED)
  • Tuesday, 25 August (REMOTE DELIVERY)
  • Thursday, 19 November (REMOTE DELIVERY)
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
  • Wednesday, 19 August (CANCELLED)
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)
  • Thursday, 20 February
  • Monday, 27 July (INTERNAL ONLY)
  • Wednesday, 25 November (DELIVERY METHOD TO BE DETERMINED)

 $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


 1 day program
 0830 - 1630

  • Wednesday, 16 September (REMOTE DELIVERY)

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 2

 RN, EN,
 Allied   Health

 1 day program 

 0830 - 1530

  • Monday 9 November                                                     

This is the second of two biennial courses exploring through a combination of interactive presentations and case-based discussions key issues in and approaches to the physical, emotional and psychosocial care of AYA with cancer. Topics include AYA care frameworks, fertility management, mental health, survivorship and palliative care.