EdCaN on Cancer Learning The Australian National Cancer Nursing Education Project
Professional development model for nursing in cancer control
EdCaN Model
The EdCaN Resource Factsheet
EdCaN Model

Welcome to EdCaN - The Australian National Cancer Nursing Education Project


People with cancer and their families have a right to expect that competent and educationally prepared nurses are available to meet their needs wherever they reside throughout Australia.

Working with nurses and other partners the EdCaN project has developed a National Professional Development Framework for Cancer Nursing and a suite of Learning Resources targeted at building capacity of the nursing workforce in cancer control, with the ultimate aim of improving health outcomes for people affected by cancer.

EdCaN on Cancer Leaning

Freely accessible via the Cancer Learning website the EdCaN resources are designed to support the professional development of all nurses in cancer care regardless of experience or setting. They provide highly flexible and accessible education materials to help:

  • All nurses achieve the core capabilities required in cancer control

  • specialist cancer nurses benchmark against the specialist cancer nurse competency standards

  • educators facilitate learning for all nurses in cancer control.


The National Cancer Nursing Education Project (EdCaN) was conducted under the auspices of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and received funding from the Australian Government through Cancer Australia.

The project team would like to thank all members of EdCaN's National Steering Committee for their contributions and oversight of the EdCaN project and to all our partners who contributed to the develpment of the EdCaN Framework and resources through provison of feedback and suggestions for its direction and content over the last four years.

We would also like to thank the teams who have undertaken pilot projects using the Framework and the associated resource materials. The significant learnings from these projects have helped us continue to develop and implement the Framework and resources in education, practice and policy




A national project supported by funding from the Australian Government under the
Strengthening Cancer Care initiative.



Last Updated: 30th April 2010
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