PCNA 2022 Biennial Conference

PCNA is pleased to report that the biennial PCNA Conference 2022 was a resounding success.
Please note: All presentations from PCNA 2022 are now available on-demand for 1 year from the conference date (for registered delegates only).  Click here to access the virtual platform.
Click here for the full program.
This year, plenary sessions presented on the following topic areas:
  • Nurses leading change in Australian palliative care – this was introduced by a key nursing leader from the United States before focusing on the Australian experience through a targeted panel discussion.
  • Updates on National Palliative Care Policy work with a focus on:
  1. National Palliative Care Program update
  2. Palliative Care Australia’s vision for the next 5 years
  • Innovations in palliative care for older Australians with a focus on:
  1. Palliative care in Residential Aged Care Facilities – a vision for the next 5 years
  2. Optimising assessment and management of key symptoms for older people with advanced complex illness/es – a clinical update on the current evidence
  3. Cognitive assessments for the elderly – what tools are best for use in clinical practice?
  4. Frailty assessments in heart failure – what tools are best for use in clinical practice?
  • Integrated palliative care in practice with a focus on:
  1. Caring for people with Pancreatic Cancer in 2021 – what does best practice look like?
  2. Genetics and palliative care– how should we integrate this into care provision?
  3. Caring for family carers – how can we enhance support and improve their wellbeing?
  4. Grief and bereavement in 2022 – challenges and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How can palliative care embrace digital health? This futuristic session was again led initially by a world leader in this field before moving to a panel discussion with learning focused on:
  1. Digital health for people with palliative care needs – a vision for the next 5 years
  2. The future of palliative care nursing – the time is now
In addition, concurrent streams were held on the following topics:
  • Acute Care
  • Evidence into Practice
  • Aged Care
  • Workforce
  • Paediatrics
  • Underserved Populations
  • Community Palliative Care
  • Safety, quality and innovation
There was also a stream of speed talks to enable those newer to presenting an opportunity to learn about and contribute to a national conference program.
Through sponsorship from 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:

  • A fully paid delegate registration to attend the PCNA 2022 virtual conference;
  • One-year membership of PCNA;*
  • Access to the PCNA coordinated mentorship program for health professionals in areas of need;*
  • Specific invitations to join the 2022 PCNA facilitated Webinar program; and access to one contemporary virtual workshop run in 2022 and available exclusively to grant recipients. *For those meeting the PCNA membership requirements.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors:

  • Department of Health
  • Menarini
  • Caring@Home
  • Palliative Care Australia
  • Carerhelp
  • GenesisCare
  • PCC4U
  • UTS
  • End-Of-Life Essentials
  • Flinders University
  • Quality of Care Collaborative Australia


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