February 16, 2016

Now recruiting for the first intake of Asbestos Related Disease Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Online Nurse Education Program

Australia has one of the world’s highest rates per capita of malignant pleural mesotheliomaii, an asbestos-related lung disease, with numbers expected to rise between now and 2020. It can take 20 to 40 years for asbestos-related lung disease to develop although exposure to asbestos fibres does not always result in an asbestos-related diseaseiii.

Given the nature of Australia, Lung Foundation Australia believes it is necessary to provide health professionals with current best practice guidelines, training and resources  on asbestos-related lung diseases, specifically malignant pleural mesothelioma (ARD/MPM). We recognise that ARD/MPM is a difficult cancer to diagnose and even more difficult to provide quality personalised care to the patients and their family, carers or friends.

Therefore Lung Foundation Australia has developed an online Asbestos-Related Disease/Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (ARD/MPM) Nurses Education Program which has been accredited by the Australian College of Nursing with 18 CPD hours.

The ARD/MPM Nurse Education Program takes three months to complete with 10 – 15 nurses enrolled to undertake the study period as a cohort led by our Nurse Educator. The program is made up of nine online modules, six hours of practical clinical experience and compulsory weekly online discussions.

Completion of the three month program entitles eligible participants to claim 18 CPD hours from the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).

The three study cohort dates for 2016 are:

  • 22 March 2016
  • 24 May 2016
  • 24 July 2016

Click here for more information including the course structure, online modules, practical experience..



i Better Health Channel, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Mesothelioma

ii Better Health Channel, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Mesothelioma

iii Safe Work Australia, Mesothelioma in Australia, 2013