Welcome to Palliative Care Nurses Australia
Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) is a unique membership organisation for all nurses working with people who are dying and their families. Membership is open to specialist palliative care nurses AND those who work in non-specialist roles in the care of people at end of life. Nurses work in a variety of settings - including (but not limited to) palliative care units, hospices, community, acute hospitals, residential aged care facilities and universities.
PCNA supports all nurses (including AINs, ENs, RNs, research and academic nurses) to continue their compassionate work with the dying person and their family as they journey through the experience of life limiting illness.
PCNA keeps its members up to date with the latest palliative care issues, both nationally and internationally through:
- Biennial Conference - next in Brisbane early 2018
- International Journal of Palliative Nursing
- Regular e-newsletter
- Website with latest events and resources
- Individualised emails to members
PCNA Position Statement - Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
There is current societal, academic and parliamentary debate in Australia on the topic of legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide for people living with a life limiting illness who are experiencing unbearable suffering. Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are currently illegal in all Australian states and territories.
The position statement has been developed to reflect PCNA's organisational views.
PCNA have used this position statement in response to various Australian States looking to formalise a Euthanasia Bill. To see the correspondence and responses, please click on the links below.
- Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 - Victoria
- Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 - New South Wales
- Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices - Western Australia
Review of Australia's Health System Performance Information and Reporting Frameworks
Recently a public consultation process was engaged in to elicit feedback about the recommendations and implementation process for the proposed framework for health system performance and reporting.
Further information about this is available via https://pool.healthperformanceframeworksreview.com.au/files/Public-consultation-paper.pdf
Palliative Care Nurses Australia felt it was important to respond to this work to ensure the needs of people approaching the end-of-life across all health care settings, are considered.