Nicole King Prize

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Nicole King specialised in cancer nursing early in her career, going on to work as a Clinical Nurse Educator at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and then at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Nicole held an honorary joint appointment with The University of Melbourne as Course Co-ordinator: Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care Stream). Nicole died of a rare cancer in 2011. The Nicole King prize reflects her commitment to academic excellence in cancer nursing.

Starting her career as a cancer nurse at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) in 1975, Denise Spencer was appointed as a Clinical Nurse Teacher in 1982 and went on to develop, coordinate and teach in the Peter Mac Certificate in Cancer Nursing. Denise was appointed Manager of Nursing Education at in 2002 and subsequently Nurse Director of Education until her retirement in 2017.
Denise held an honorary joint appointment with the University of Melbourne School of Nursing in 2006/2007, contributing to the development of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care Stream). The Denise Spencer prize reflects her commitment to excellence in cancer nursing through lifelong learning.


$200.00 book voucher plus a certificate of achievement.

Disclaimer: The benefit amount for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.


Students graduating from a Fourth Year course specialising in Cancer and Palliative Nursing offered by the School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.


The prize is to be awarded annually to one graduating diplomate who has achieved the highest average academic marks for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Practice Cancer and Palliative Care.


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