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.

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Conference 2024
Conference 2024

Our 2024 Conference will be hybrid and based in Naarm (Melbourne) located on the sovereign lands of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrong, Bunurong Boon Wurrung Peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. Embued with spiritual and cultural importance these lands include mountains, rainforests, freshwater and saltwater waterways, skies and islands. Drawing on this wisdom and resilience this event provides an opportunity for connection and learning focused on: Clinical excellence, connection and culture – the art of palliative care nursing.

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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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