When you join PCNA, you’ll be joining a national conversation about palliative care nursing. As well as receiving a series of monthly member benefits, you’ll also become part of a network of nurses who are passionate about shaping the future of palliative care.
Who can join PCNA?
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.
As a member of PCNA, you’ll have access to a range of palliative care education resources, professional development opportunities and advocacy channels through which you can make your voice heard and change palliative care delivery across Australia and beyond. Member benefits include:
- online access to the International Journal of Palliative Nursing
- online access to the PCNA monthly newsletter, with links to new journal articles and items of interest
- participation in PCNA special interest groups (SIGs)
- opportunity to become a PCNA national representative in a variety of forums
- opportunity to contribute to position statements and government submissions
- reduced fees to attend PCNA and Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand conferences
- opportunity to network with other palliative care nurses
- up-to-date information about the latest palliative care nursing issues and events
- access to the member-only area of the PCNA website.
Advocacy and representation
PCNA has a growing profile for palliative care and political representation. We develop position statements, write submissions to government and provide palliative care representatives on local, state and national committees and working groups. As a PCNA member, your professional expertise can make a valuable contribution to our work in this space.
Read more about PCNA’s advocacy and representation work.
Special interest groups
PCNA is driving the development of special interest groups (SIGs) that bring together nurses with expertise in a particular discipline area. As a PCNA member, you can join the SIG that reflects your professional interests. As a SIG member, you can broaden your expertise, participate in education and professional development activities, and build networks with other nurses across Australia. These SIGs also provide key contributions to our position statements, submissions and representation work – for example, the chair of our Aged Care Nursing SIG current represents PCNA’s interests on the National Aged Care Taskforce. To date, we host an Aged Care Nursing SIG and a Nurse Practitioner SIG, with plans to bring a range of new SIGs online in the next 1-2 years.