Courses and programs

Basic Sciences in Oncology Course (BSOC)


The Basic Sciences in Oncology Course is a multidisciplinary program that complements the RANZCR (Phase 1). In addition, for other health professionals working in oncology and associated fields, the course provides an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of key issues in oncology.

BSOC is conducted in partnership with the Faculty of Radiation Oncology, RANZCR, and the Medical Oncology Group, RACP.

The course is designed to support best practice and provide core skills and competencies in:

  • Anatomy
  • Physics
  • Clinical  Pharmacology
  • Research and evidence based medicine
  • Communication skills training
  • Radiobiology
  • Palliative care
  • Cancer biology

The course runs over 10 days; one teaching day per month from February to November each year.  A maximum of 60 places will be available on the course in 2018.

Course dates

In 2018, BSOC workshops will be held at Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo.

BSOC 2018 dates are as follows:

  • Friday 23 February
  • Friday 23 March
  • Friday 27 April
  • Friday 25 May
  • Friday 29 June
  • Friday 3 August
  • Friday 24 August
  • Friday 28 September
  • Friday 26 October
  • Thursday 29 November

Each teaching day will commence with registration at 8.30am and finish by 5.00pm.

Participants who successfully meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of the course.

Please note, each participant must attend 80% of the face to face sessions as a requirement of the course. If you do not reach the 80% requirement, you will not receive the certificate of participation at the conclusion of the course. Each participant will also need to complete an evaluation of each training day that they attend in order to receive their certificate of participation.


BSOC scholarships are funded by a grant from the Cancer Institute NSW. The scholarship has been designed to support metropolitan, regional, and rural oncology professionals wishing to attend the course within NSW.

This scholarship assists in meeting the additional expenses that professional development entails when residing in a regional, rural or remote location, or when professional development funding has not been provided by the health professional’s place of employment.

Scholarship applications close on 30 January 2018. Scholarship applicants must complete the online registration. Please read the information sheet below for further details.

BSOC Advisory Committee

BSOC is governed by the BSOC Advisory Committee, comprised of representation from the BSOC Clinical Coordinators and BSOC Topic Coordinators, the Cancer Institute NSW, the Cancer Council NSW, Oncology Supervisors, and relevant medical colleges and other participants. The Clinical Chair of the BSOC Advisory Committee is Associate Professor Winston Liauw.

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