PCNA 2020 Biennial Conference

In a first for PCNA (due to COVID-19), the 2020 Biennial Conference was changed from our initial setting of Melbourne to an online format – and what a success this event was!

Please note: All presentations from PCNA 2020 are now available on-demand until November 26, 2021 (registered delegates only).  Click here to access the virtual platform.

Click here for the full program.

We were overwhelmed by the support and interaction provided by delegates from across Australia and beyond.  Watching the live chat light up each morning with welcomes from so many varied areas, weather reports and emojis set such a lovely scene for our collective learning.  The carefully crafted program was truly inspiring.

We had plenary sessions presented on the following topic areas:

  • Positioning Palliative Care Nursing in the Global Health Care Agenda
  • Palliative Care in Ireland and Beyond: key issues and emerging opportunities
  • Panel session - Positioning Palliative Care Nursing as More Than a Social Good
  • Reflections on the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation
  • Panel session - The Clinical Reality of Managing Voluntary Assisted Dying: Voices from The Field
  • Palliative Care in 2030: Opportunities to drive change
  • National Palliative Care Program update
  • ACN End of Life Care Policy Chapter update
  • Evidence-based knowledge and perspectives on medicinal cannabis
  • How a psychedelic compound may alleviate death anxiety in palliative patients
  • Common symptoms experienced by people receiving immunotherapy: evidence from a systematic review
  • Managing palliative care needs during a humanitarian crisis: always something to offer
  • Panel session - Palliative Care Challenges in Acute Care in the Context of COVID-19
  • The Vivien Bullwinkel Award – Best Abstract: A multicomponent non-pharmacological intervention to prevent delirium for hospitalised people with advanced cancer

In addition, concurrent streams were held exploring varied topics within the following themes:

  • Acute Care
  • Evidence into Practice
  • Workforce
  • Speed talks addressing varied practice points
  • Underserved Populations
  • Embracing Community
  • Improving Care Outcomes for Older People

Two workshops were also offered for participants with one focused on self-care (sponsored by Palliative Care Australia) and the other on radiotherapy (sponsored by GenesisCare).

Through sponsorship the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH), PCNA was able to offer a number of professional development grants.  Managed through an application process, the grant packages allowed nurses to attend the virtual conference who otherwise may not have been able to.

The grant package included the following:

  • Fully paid delegate registration to attend PCNA 2020 virtual conference
  • PCNA coordinated mentorship program for health professionals in areas of need
  • Complimentary attendance at a PCNA workshop
  • One-year membership of PCNA

A total of 244 grant applications were received with 160 being successful.  Grant recipients were health professionals that either work in regional and remote areas of Australia or work in the aged care setting and/or with the elderly in an end-of-life care setting.

Thank you to all who made our 2020 Conference a reality. This event would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors.



Conference Photos