News & Announcements

PCNA 2020 New Dates Announced

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Due to the evolving global medical crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its current escalation in Australia, the PCNA 2020 Organising Committee has postponed the conference that was due to take place in May 2020.

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Friday, 20 March 2020

Please click here for information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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PCNA 2020 Conference Update: COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Please read this important update about the PCNA 2020 Conference.

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What it’s really like to make end-of-life decisions for a loved one

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Did you know that almost one in two of us will be unable to make our own medical decisions at the end of our lives?

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Barossa Village Inc host informative Palliative Care Symposium

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Ongoing networks and education on "end of life care" in the region was achieved during a Palliative Care Symposium held in the Barossa last week.

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Input sought to inform palliative care strategy

Friday, 14 February 2020

The Department of Health has launched two surveys seeking information from all aged care providers and individuals to help understand the demand and supply of palliative care services.

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Palliative Care ACT's well-regarded Life Stories program is running out of funding and asking for your help to keep it going

Thursday, 13 February 2020

A Canberra program that gives people with a life-limiting illness, including children, the opportunity to tell their life stories and, in doing so, reminisce, reflect, celebrate and perhaps reach a level of acceptance before they die, is in danger of closing, as its funding is due to run out at the end of March.

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Camden Hospital palliative care unit to be upgraded

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Camden Hospitals palliative care unit is about to under go a makeover.

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Palliative care wards at Parkes and Orange hospitals revamped

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

As Parkes awaits for a birthing service to return to the Parkes Hospital, in the meantime the facility's palliative care ward is about to receive a face lift.

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SA govt to fund innovative palliative care projects

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

The South Australian health department has launched a $16-million-grants program to improve access to palliative care services including in residential aged care homes.

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$375k boost to palliative care services at Port Kembla, Berry hospitals

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Palliative care patients at Port Kembla and David Berry Hospitals' palliative care units will benefit from a nearly $375,000 boost from the NSW Government.

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Goulburn Palliative Care workshop seeks feedback on service

Friday, 7 February 2020

A workshop will be held in Goulburn on Thursday, February 13 to gain input from people with an interest in end-of-life care.

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Palliative care patients at hospital to receive better creature comforts

Thursday, 6 February 2020

AS Orange awaits a result on a palliative care trial at Uniting Parkwood, palliative care wards at Orange Health Service are about to receive a facelift.

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Employment Opportunity: Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

WA Health are currently seeking to appoint a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner to assist with developing and leading the exciting expansion of Palliative Care services to regional and remote WA.

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End-of-life care is vital. Why is it so neglected?

Friday, 31 January 2020

Britain’s palliative care services depend for funding on the charity of the public – that is a national travesty

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Western LHD extends palliative care trial to June

Thursday, 30 January 2020

A trial providing end-of-life care to patients in Orange has received a three-month extension, but the push remains to make it a permanent service.

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Dr Frank Brennan receives 2020 Australia Day honour for his work in palliative care

Sunday, 26 January 2020

The death of his brother, Tom, to cancer when he was just 11 left a lasting impression on Dr Frank Brennan.

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Australian Doctors Orchestra proceeds go to Push for Palliative

Friday, 24 January 2020

LESS than 80 tickets remain to see the nation's best doctors prove their musical skills.  The Australian Doctors Orchestra has chosen to perform its first concert of the year at Orange Civic Theatre, on March 15.

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Living and dying in comfort for diverse populations

Friday, 10 January 2020

No one should be excluded from receiving aged care and palliative care support, yet older people may face barriers in accessing services due to their culture, religion, finances, gender, sexuality and/or location.

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Ministry on death and dying teaches people how to plan for the end of life

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Bethel AME Church in Boston helps members plan for the end of their lives with a three-part program that is practical and spiritual. The ministry is in keeping with the church’s focus on health and wellness.

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Holidays a good time to talk about end of life care

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Death and dying may not sound like the traditional holiday conversation topics, but the holiday season provides the perfect opportunity for family members to consider how they would like to be cared for at the end of life.

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Ambulance Wish Qld needs donations to keep granting last wishes

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

A Queensland service that grants last wishes to the terminally ill has barely got off the ground, but is facing hurdles of its own.

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PCNA Member wins Queensland palliative care award

Friday, 6 December 2019

Nurse Practitioner Faye Tomlin was named winner of Palliative Care Queensland’s Excellence in Palliative Care Rural and Remote Award in Brisbane last weekend.

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Cootamundra Nursing Home receives truckload of items from Shannon's Bridge

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

A Victorian family's love for Shannon McKnight, their 19-year old daughter who died from leukaemia in 2016, has resulted in a Cootamundra Nursing Home gaining free equipment to set up a palliative care room.

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PCNA joins European Association for Palliative Care

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

PCNA is delighted to announce that we have joined the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) as a national association member.

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Enough of the euphemisms. Let’s talk about death openly and honestly

Saturday, 30 November 2019

We no longer feel comfortable naming death, and we’ve lost the etiquette that told us how to support the dying and bereaved.

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Dying to Yarn symposium opens conversation around Indigenous palliative care

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Over 200 Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professionals, Elders and community members from across Australia met to discuss palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities earlier this month.

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Meet George the deaf bulldog who visits patients in palliative care

Monday, 25 November 2019

At a hospital on the NSW south coast, a deaf bulldog called George is putting a smile on the faces of patients in palliative care.

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12th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society

Monday, 4 November 2019

In July 2020, the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) are pleased to be hosting the 12th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society

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Cancer Council NSW's New Podcast Series

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Cancer Council NSW has recently launched its new podcast series, The Thing About Advanced Cancer, focusing on the challenges surrounding a diagnosis of advanced cancer.  

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Lobster for Josino: Fabulous food for our final days. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

An executive chef, a palliative care consultant, a dietician and a speech pathologist teamed up to write an award-winning cook book that ensures that food and drink continue to be a positive part of life right to the end.

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Employment Opportunity - Nurse – Division 1

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Eastern Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers home-based palliative care to clients and their families living within the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

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Palliative care is enabling patients in Orange to choose where to die

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

The future of end of life palliative care in Orange will be spread across a range of services, the region's strategy manager said on Wednesday.

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Call for Abstracts

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The Conference Program Committee is inviting abstracts for the upcoming Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference "2020 Who Year of the Nurse, Celebrating Palliative Care Nursing" to be held in Melbourne on the 3rd and 4th May 2020.

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Aussie mum launches charity for paediatric palliative care after daughter's death

Thursday, 1 August 2019

“WHEN you’re told your child is going to die, you’re suddenly parenting without a future, and so you’re not parenting … You’re actually saying goodbye.”

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Palliative care an emerging speciality in health field

Thursday, 25 July 2019

When Margo Baker was in her second year of her registered nursing degree, she had an experience that changed the course of her career.

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2019 International Educator Tour - Current Issues and Trends in Grief Support

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Coming to: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth

July and August 2019

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Employment Opportunity - Palliative Care - Staff Nurses

Monday, 1 July 2019

Do you wish to nurse where patients and families always come first?  St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank, Scotland is looking for Compassionate Caring individuals, enthusiastic about delivering care to patients with life limiting illnesses.

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The cottage that makes moments heartbroken parents will treasure forever

Friday, 28 June 2019

Bear Cottage is one of only three children's hospices in Australia, but it's nothing like a hospital or what you'd imagine palliative care to be.

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Palliative Care in North India Study Tour, 15–29 March 2020

Monday, 24 June 2019

Learn of palliative care in India on this new study tour ledby educator David Oliviere.  

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Meet the Wimmera nurses making end-of-life care comfortable

Friday, 31 May 2019

It takes a special person to be a palliative care nurse, and Wimmera Health Care Group's Maire Coffey and Clare Petering are proof of that.

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Nurses are essential to delivery of quality palliative care

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

All Australians have the right to be treated with dignity and best practice care during their final days, weeks and months of life and this will require significant evolution of the health care system to enable nurses to lead the delivery of palliative care.

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Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019 - Save the Date!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Palliative Care Nurses Australia is hosting a Pre-Conference Workshop on September 10, 2019.

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Palliative care nurse Nikki Johnston wins national trailblazer award

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Congratulations to palliative care nurse Nikki Johnston, who has won the inaugural federal Health Minister's Award for Nursing Trailblazers.

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Macksville's Cooper St Op-Shop gives a gift to the dying

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The Macksville Opportunity Shop has transformed donations of pre-loved clothing into a $10,000 donation to Macksville District Hospital's Palliative Care Service.

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Dedicated palliative care wing opens for Kimba residents

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The last few moments with a family member or friend is hard, but knowing they are comfortable, provides some solace.

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More needed in Budget for dementia support and palliative care

Friday, 5 April 2019

With gaps in vital aged care initiatives following the announcement of the Federal Budget 2019-20 highlighted by peak industry and consumer bodies, dementia and palliative care peak bodies say more needs to be done to support older Australians in these key support areas.

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Employment Opportunity: Associate Professor, Palliative Care Nursing

Monday, 1 April 2019

The University of Notre Dame has a position vacant for an Associate Professor, Palliative Care Nursing at it's Sydney campus.

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What will emerging technologies mean for the future of palliative care?

Thursday, 28 March 2019

New and emerging technologies are developing at a rapid rate.  This is already leading to new frontiers in the diagnosis of illness and the options available for treatment together with helping individuals better maintain their own health and wellbeing. 

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Scholarships aim to close gaps in palliative care services

Friday, 22 March 2019

Aged care nurses are among those awarded scholarships to complete postgraduate palliative care programs under a new initiative that aims to improve end-of-life care across settings.

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Comedian Stephen K Amos lends support for Palliative Care Tasmania

Friday, 22 March 2019

Stephen K Amos is known for making people smile, but the British comedian is now using his platform for something more serious.

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Living and dying in the place that matters most

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Based in Alice Springs NT, Purple House is a not-for profit organisation that supports remote Indigenous people, who are up to 50 times more likely to experience end-stage kidney disease than non-Indigenous Australians.

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Tip sheets support care workers, nurses to deliver quality palliative care

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Aged care’s palliative care evidence and practice resource centre has developed two new resources to help aged care nurses and care workers provide quality end-of-life care to residents.

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A Lasting Tale

Friday, 1 March 2019

“It is not until we have lost someone that we really understand the power of a voice. The desire to just hear that voice one more time. The ability of a voice to evoke the love you shared.”

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Palliative Care Australia launches two key documents to improve palliative care for all Australians

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) have launched the 5th edition of the National Palliative Care Standards (the Standards) and the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines (the Guidelines).

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Collegian Special Issue on: Palliative Care

Monday, 25 February 2019

Collegian has a call for manuscripts for its Special Issue on palliative care, which has been extended until the 31 May 2019.  If you or your colleagues have a manuscript in preparation that fits this call, we encourage you to submit it for consideration.  The peer review process will be very timely and if accepted it will be in print by the end of December 2019.

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New palliative care forum to help give Canberrans best possible death

Sunday, 24 February 2019

The inaugural ACT End of Life and Palliative Care Forum was held recently and brought together a broad spectrum of clinicians involved in caring for patients at the end of their life.

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Additional 100 palliative care nurses across NSW

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Thousands of families with loved ones with a life-limiting illness will receive more choice about the help they need from an additional 100 palliative care nurses at refurbished facilities under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

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Happy New Year from PCNA

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

PCNA would like to wish all of our members a happy and safe 2019. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.

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Have you verified your PCNA account?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Our new PCNA Website launched in October.  Your member profile was transferred to the new website, however, all accounts must be verified in order to access the member's area.

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Queensland Inquiry into End of Life Care

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On November 14 2018, the Queensland Paliament agreed to a motion moved by the Premier, Anna Palaszczuk for an inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care.

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Sector heads talk barriers to boosting aged care clinical placements

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Universities are keen to work with the aged care sector to expand the number of placements on offer to health professional students.

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Bring on the royal commission, but we have a plan to act on aged care right now

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Shifting negative attitudes towards ageing, the elderly, death and dying is a social challenge and key to an effective aged care workforce strategy.

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We’ve had 20 aged care reviews in 20 years – will the royal commission be any different?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Previous reviews into aged care have come up with findings sure to be repeated in the royal commission.

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Australia’s aged care residents are very sick, yet the government doesn’t prioritise medical care

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The situation for older Australians isn’t what was envisioned when the Aged Care act was introduced in 1997.

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Looking for a nursing home place for your parent with dementia? Here’s what to consider

Friday, 29 July 2016

What should families consider when seeking care for someone with dementia?

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Is there such a thing as a good death?

Friday, 2 October 2015

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


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