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  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • University of Melbourne
15 Mar 2021

Master of Cancer Sciences online tutor: Cancer Prevention & Control subject

Teaching Assistant, Level A casual role for 13 weeks during Term 2 2021 teaching period, at an approximate time commitment of around 5-7 hours per week.

We require a casual Teaching Assistant in the Cancer Prevention & Control subject to support a tutorial group of up to 25 online graduate students. 

The role will be part of a professional and dynamic team supporting the Master of Cancer Sciences program. Join the team and help to deliver Australia's first cancer-specific, multidisciplinary, flexible, wholly online program; and one of only two such programs in the world.

The Master of Cancer Sciences is a fully online two-year part-time course offered jointly by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and the University of Melbourne (UoM). The philosophy behind the Master of Cancer Sciences is to provide a contemporary, evidence-based program to health professionals to improve the outcomes and quality of life for patients with cancer and ultimately to improve cancer treatment outcomes. 


The role will involve familiarisation around content, announcements, online invigilation of the student discussion fora, consultation and monitoring of student engagement, preparation, set up and delivery of webinars, assessment grading and evaluation and quality improvement activities.

Required availability

The dates that the tutor is required are Monday 12 April to Sunday 11 July 2021. The individual will need to be available for all four tutorials scheduled throughout the subject. The subject will be delivered annually in Term 2, so there is an opportunity for the individual to teach into the forthcoming years.

About the subject – Cancer Prevention & Control

The Cancer Prevention & Control subject aims to outline the concepts, methods and applications underpinning cancer prevention at a population level. It will explore the concepts of primary, secondary (screening and early intervention) and tertiary prevention strategies to improve cancer outcomes. Case-based discussion will demonstrate the epidemiological and applied behavioural research involved in reducing the risk of incidence of cancer and recurrence.

By the end of the subject, students will be expected to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the biological and environmental factors associated with cancer risk or that serve as biomarkers for risk assessment and early detection.
• Critically evaluate interventions intended to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality and improve patient outcomes.
• Reflect on the influence of societal and political influences on cancer screening and prevention programs

About the course – Master of Cancer Sciences

The Master of Cancer Sciences is a comprehensive, in-depth course of study into the oncological sciences. This innovative program will equip students with the cutting-edge, evidence-based specialist knowledge required to be at the forefront of the rapidly evolving fields of clinical care and cancer research. Students will also complete a research project in an emerging field of cancer research. Completion of the Masters will enable students to pursue higher research degree pathways, should they choose to do so. 

How to apply

Download a copy of the position description.

Applications to be sent to Sathana Dushyanthen, VCCC Lead of Graduate Programs by Sunday night 11 April 2021 (extended from 5 April), addressing all essential selection criteria and appending your CV and cover letter.

For further information

David Kok, Course Convenor

Email: dkok@unimelb.edu.au

Please do not send your application to this contact