PCNA

Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) is a member organisation for Australian nurses who are passionate about excellence in palliative care. We provide a unified voice for nurses who deliver, or have an enduring interest in, palliative care policy, practice, research and education. Our goal is to support our members to provide high quality, evidence-based palliative care services for patients at the end of life, and their families.

Benefits of membership

Conference 2022 Virtual
Conference 2022 Virtual

Our 2022 Conference was held on May 1-4.

Click below to visit our dedicated PCNA conference section to read about our previous conferences.

Stay tuned for news on our 2024 conference!

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Latest insights

Culturally-appropriate palliative care kits to help First Nations people die on Country
Culturally-appropriate palliative care kits to help First Nations people die on Country

Culturally-appropriate palliative care kits will be rolled out across Australia to help Indigenous families care for their dying loved ones on Country.

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During COVID, diagnoses were delayed. Now there
During COVID, diagnoses were delayed. Now there's been a huge spike in demand for palliative care

Demand for palliative care services has risen by up to 40 per cent since the pandemic began, putting strain on health workers and patients. 

Here, Vice President of Palliative Care Nurses Australia and palliative nurse practitioner Joshua Cohen, Chair of Palliative Care Australia and palliative care doctor Professor Meera Agar, and Queensland dad, Simon Menelaws share their experiences during this challenging time with ABC News.

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Becoming a member

PCNA membership is open to specialist palliative care nurses and nurses in other specialties with a passion for excellence in palliative care. Associate membership is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, assistants in nursing, personal carers and undergraduate nursing students.

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Key Issues

  • Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Review of Australia's Health System Performance Information and Reporting Frameworks

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