About Affiliate | Palliative Care Nurses Australia
What we do
At PCNA, we provide advocacy, representation and professional development opportunities for all our members. We’re committed to championing the delivery of high quality, evidence-based palliative care; building capacity within the palliative care nursing workforce; and supporting our members to work to the outer limits of their scope of practice.
As the only professional nursing organisation that speaks to palliative care nursing in all its guises, we believe strongly that all nurses have a critical role to play in improving palliative care outcomes for all Australians.
Who are we
Nurses from all specialties play a key role in the delivery of palliative care, even if palliative care isn’t a formal part of their title or role description. As such, we’re committed to offering all nurses, regardless of speciality, a seat at the PCNA table.
Our members come from all nursing backgrounds – some are specialist palliative care nurses, while others work in other clinical specialties that bring them into contact with patients experiencing a range of progressive life-limiting conditions. What unites all our members is their passion for excellence in end-of-life care and their desire to play a role in improving national and international palliative care policy and services.
Nurses deliver palliative care in a wide range of settings, from homes and residential aged care facilities to hospitals and hospices. One of the defining features of palliative care is that it’s uniquely interdisciplinary – nurses work alongside a range of other health professionals, such as medical specialists, social workers, counsellors, physiotherapists, and pastoral or spiritual caregivers.
As well as supporting patients, nurses engaged in palliative care also work closely with patients’ family members. This work can include helping families to take on a caring role; helping them make decisions with, or on behalf of, the patient; and providing comfort in the lead up to, and after, the patient’s death. Supporting families can make a lasting difference to their memories of the end-of-life experience.
PCNA position statements: https://www.pcna.org.au/our-work/position-statements
Educational webinars run over the past 2 years: Webinar recordings are available to members via our website: https://www.pcna.org.au/member-area/webinars
• CareSearch resources - Professor Jennifer Tieman
• Don't forget self-care – Dr Jason Mills
• Challenges associated with supporting family caregivers: an overview of 'CarerHelp' – Professor Peter Hudson
• Stability of syringe driver medication – Tony Hall
PCNA 2020 Conference: Program available at https://www.pcna2020.org/program.
• With over 400 delegates already registered this is shaping up to be one of our largest conferences yet! Not only are we connecting nurses from across Australia, but we've expanded our audience globally with delegates registered to attend from 6 countries around the world.