Courses and programs

Basic Sciences of Oncology Course (BSOC)

BSOC 2023 Applications OPEN!

Please note the closing date for applications is 5 February 2023.


The Health Education and Training Institute in partnership with the Cancer Institute NSW present the Basic Sciences of Oncology Course 2023. This multidisciplinary training program 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

For further information on course content and specific learning outcomes, please download the Course Overview and Study Guide, attached below.

Course Dates 2023

The course runs over 10 days; usually one Friday per month from February to November each year. BSOC 2023 will commence in early March 2023 so please note that there are two training days in March 2023.

BSOC 2023 dates are as follows:

Session 1    3 March (Online)              
Session 2    24 March (In person)
Session 3    28 April (Online)
Session 4    26 May (Online)
Session 5    16 June (In person)
Session 6    21 July (In person)
Session 7    18 August (Online)
Session 8    15 September (In person)
Session 9    20 October (In person)
Session 10  24 November (Online)

All sessions will  be held from 8:30am to 5.00pm. This will be a blended delivery course with both online and in person teaching depending on COVID-19. The in person sessions are being held at 1 Reserve Road, St Leonards. Please ensure you are able to attend the above course dates prior to registering.

Participants are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the sessions as a requirement of the course. Each participant will also have to complete an evaluation of each training day that they attend in order to receive their Certificate of Completion.

Course Cost

Participant Registration Fee:    $655 (incl. GST)


BSOC Scholarships are available to support NSW metropolitan, regional and rural oncology professionals wishing to attend the course. Funded by the Cancer Institute NSW, scholarships provide support for costs incurred by course registration.

To apply for a BSOC Scholarship, please complete the appropriate section of the application form.

For more information on scholarship categories and eligibility criteria, please download the Scholarship Guidelines document attached below.

To Register

Please complete the application form and return to

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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