Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

The experience


As a student undertaking a blended model of learning, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of online study as well as the rich benefits of face-to-face work-integrated learning.

The clinical component of the course is undertaken at your employing hospital or health care service, providing a convenient and supportive environment to allow you to develop and apply essential knowledge and skills in caring for people affected by cancer as an advanced beginner specialist cancer nurse.

As a student of the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the best minds and a vast professional network. The course facilitates close engagement with academics and experts, and you will develop and share knowledge among a dynamic group of peers – both in-person and online.

We ensure your learning experience is high-quality and accessible, with support available at every step of the way. Throughout the online component of this course you will utilise a range of innovative technologies, including:

  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Audio recordings
  • Podcasts
  • Articles
  • Textbooks, and
  • Discussion forums.

High-level student support

You will receive a high level of administrative, technical and academic support from your initial expression of interest in the course, through to your graduation. Don’t be surprised if you learn our student support team members by name – they are dedicated, personal and friendly and they understand that every student experience is unique. If a challenge arises, they’ll do everything in their power to assist you so that you can continue to have an excellent learning experience.

Student support consultants can assist with:

  • Enrolment and subject assistance
  • Administrative logistics and fee options
  • Technical support
  • Online learning skills and workload management, and
  • Special circumstances.
Polly Dufton, Course Development Coordinator
Polly Dufton, Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing
Polly Dufton

Polly Dufton is the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing. Polly has specialised in cancer for over 10 years. She works both clinically as a SURC Clinical Nurse Consultant, as well as a Lecturer in Cancer Nursing. Polly is currently completing her PhD exploring why people affected by cancer present to the Emergency Department after receiving systemic anti-cancer therapy. Polly is passionate about evidence-based practice, and teaching nurses how to find and implement evidence into practice as well as evaluate care provided. Clinically, Polly is passionate about patient assessment and therapeutic communication. Polly believes that by merging communication skills with clinical nursing skills, specialist cancer nurses are able to deliver exceptional patient-centred care.

Antonela Vogranic: Subject Coordinator for the Foundations in Cancer Nursing subject
Antonela Vogranic: Subject Coordinator for the Foundations in Cancer Nursing subject
Antonela Vogranic

Antonela Vogranic is the subject coordinator for the Foundations in Cancer Nursing subject. She has been a specialist cancer nurse for over 10 years with experience as a clinical nurse specialist in medical oncology and in care of adolescents and young adults with cancer. She is passionate about clinical teaching and has been a clinical nurse educator for over seven years. She is interested in innovative evidence-based methods to train nurses for the advanced knowledge and skills they need to care for people affected by cancer. She has developed this subject using innovative evidence-based methods to prepare nurses with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to provide specialist cancer nursing care. She enjoys finding high-quality resources and collaborating with cancer nursing experts to provide a diverse range of learning materials and activities for students.