Become a Peter Mac nurse

Become a life-changer. Become a game-changer. Become a Peter Mac nurse.

Working at Peter Mac is more than a job. It's a place where you will truly make a difference. 

Our nurses are at the forefront, delivering cutting edge cancer treatments and working as part of a multidisciplinary team providing world-leading cancer care. 

The skills that your learn at Peter Mac will give you an edge at any hospital - and you'll be learning from day one with free nursing oncology training included when you start.

You'll then be supported to learn and grow by our Academic Nursing Unit. 

And we want you to dream big. That's why we support a range of nurse-led research so that you can lead your own projects and make a real difference to your patients' lives. 

We have nurses working across wards and clinics, in clinical trials, surgery and theatre, cancer imaging, radiation therapy and palliative care - so there is lots of variety across the centre for you to explore your nursing passion. 

Over 70 years after our establishment, our sense of purpose and commitment to making a life better for people affected by cancer continues in our centre today.

Bring your best to be part of an internationally recognised hospital and research facility.

Registered Nurses, with at least 12 months acute care experience following their graduate year (YP4 and above), are invited to apply for the CANCER NURSING DISCOVERY PROGRAM at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.  

  • Advance your acute nursing career and develop knowledge & expertise in a variety of cancers & treatment types.
  • Focus on on-going care of cancer patients - newly diagnosed, mid and post treatment, in survivorship care or palliative care utilising state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
  • Join a great nursing team with educational supports and opportunities. 
  • 12 or 18 Month program, with ongoing employment offered on successful completion.  
  • Up to three rotations in Peter Mac’s Haematology Ward, Medical Oncology Ward and Chemo Day Unit. 

The PMCC Cancer Nursing Discovery Program provides an avenue for Registered Nurses with an interest in oncology nursing to transition their practice, with confidence and support, to the acute care oncology setting.

Clinical Rotations

Medical Oncology: A 32 bed ward with a clinical focus on people who have been diagnosed with cancers involving their bone and soft tissues, lungs, gastrointestinal systems, skin, urological systems, gynaecological systems, head & neck and brain. Treatment modalities provided to patients include chemotherapy, external beam radiotherapy, nuclear medicine treatments and palliative care.

Haematology: A 32 bed ward providing treatment and care for patients with haematological cancers including myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative disorders, aplastic anaemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and plasma cell disorders.

Day Therapy: the Day Therapy Unit provides patient care under a shared service model with Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital. The service comprises of 85 chairs across five areas: (1) Chemotherapy Day Unit (2) Medical Day Unit (3) Transfusion Lounge (4) Apheresis Service (5) Clinical Trials Unit.

Education & Support

The Discovery Program is supported by Peter Mac’s Academic Nursing Unit (ANU), with a targeted set of objective and educational programs for participants. These include Introduction to Cancer, Chemotherapy Module 1, Cancer Care Emergencies and Haematology Malignancies.  

To help you achieve your goals we will provide you with an additional four (4) study days (above the Award entitlement) throughout the 18 month Discovery Program.  

Eligibility Criteria

Division 1 Registered Nurses with at least 12 months acute care experience following their graduate year (YP4 and above) and be available at least 6 days per fortnight.  You will be required to work a 24 hour, 7 day a week rotating roster while in the inpatient areas.  

More Information

Commencement Date: the first intake for Peter Mac Oncology Discovery Program 2022 will commence on April 2022

More Information:  To find out more about this exciting opportunity please register for our online information evening. 

Contact: for further information about this opportunity, please review the position description or contact us for a confidential discussion.  Andrew Pilcher - Manager Nursing Workforce (03) 855 96793 or Doris Vella - Operations Director Haematology & Medical Oncology (03) 855 98754. 

Remuneration in line with the Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020 Classification Scale: YP4 (Year 4) – YP11 (Year 10).

At Peter Mac we encourage our people to fulfil their potential. We aim to provide clear pathways for professional development and new career opportunities for all our staff.

Find out all the reasons you'll love working at Peter Mac.

Our 'Cancer Nursing Research' program focuses on practice-relevant studies that address care and treatment issues known to impact on the quality of life of people affected by cancer. 

Find out more about nurse-led research at Peter Mac. 

Got questions about a role or like to know more?

Contact us today!

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (03) 8559 6793