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Welcome to Palliative Care Nurses Australia


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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 2018 Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 5pm AEST.  The meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference which you  can join on via phone, tablet or computer.  

For nomination forms and further information, please log in to the website using your username and password and click on the member's area.  For assistance with username and passwords, please contact our office at admin@pcna.org.au 

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.  

To download the statement, please click here.

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.

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. 

To read the PCNA submission, click here.


Interesting articles

Click here to read the PCNA submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Future of Australia's Aged Care Sector Workforce (Members only)

Click here to read about Palliative Care Australia welcoming PCNA as an Affiliate member.  Article on eHospice.

Click here to hear our President, Jane Phillips on the ABC's Drum talking about "A good death".

Our Patron Jean Kittson's article in the Sydney Morning Herald: Talking about dying won't kill you

Hear from our Conference Designer Alex about his views on palliative care and PCNA

PCNA's then President John Haberecht interviewed for Nursing Careers Allied Health about the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014.  


 Patron: Jean Kittson