From Foundation to Future: Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) 6th Biennial Conference, 11-12 September 2016: Hotel Realm, Canberra.

PCNA Conf16

Calling all nurses… Next month PCNA will celebrate more than a decade of progress towards its vision of excellence in palliative care nursing.

DID YOU play a part in establishing the foundation for this progress?

DO YOU want to contribute to future progress towards this vision?

ARE YOU just curious to check out the latest advances in palliative care nursing?

Whether you’re in Canberra, Cooma, Clayfield, Carlton, or Christchurch—this conference is your opportunity to meet and mingle with experts in your field, as well as catch up with old colleagues or make new friends and professional connections.

In this post we give an overview of the conference program and keynote speakers presenting at what promises to be an outstanding conference, not to be missed!

#PCNAust16 by @PCNAust

Hotel Realm, just a stone’s throw from both houses of Federal Parliament, is the stunning venue for PCNA’s 6th Biennial Conference: From Foundation to Future.

Spread over two days of plenary and concurrent sessions, the conference program features a stellar line-up of keynote and panel speakers with a blend of experts across multiple disciplines – from Australia and abroad – covering a broad range of topics to inform palliative care practice, education, and research:

  • Professor Meera Agar
    Cannabis: What is the Evidence for its use in Advanced Symptom Management
  • Professor David Currow
    New and Emerging Cancer Treatments and the Implications for Palliative Care Practice?
  • Dr Thomas Fischer (RN)
    Better Managing Pain for People with Advanced Dementia: The Challenges and Solutions
  • Professor Lindy Willmott
    Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Global Overview of Different Legal Approaches
    Drivers of Futile Treatment in the Tertiary Context: Empirical Findings from a Medical Perspective
  • Emeritus Professor Margaret O’Connor AM
    Bridging Academic and Clinical Roles: Implementing a Research Role in a Palliative Care Service
  • Panel – Diversity of Palliative Care Nursing Practice
    Ms Regina Kendall
    Dr Aileen Collier
    Ms Annabelle May
    Ms Carmel Jekabsons
    Ms Alice Atyeo
    Ms Lisa MacDonald


Several Workshops on diverse topics will also be offered to conference delegates:

  • Workshop 1: Planning Palliative Care for People with Dementia in Aged Care and Other SettingsDr Tim Luckett
  • Workshop 2: Developing communication skills in palliative care, an innovative approach (Mask-Ed™)Ms Rachel Bilton-Simek & Ms Jane Frost
  • Workshop 3: Ethical Conflicts in Palliative Care: Responding with Integrity and EffectivenessDr Mary Gentile and Prof Sandra Lynch
  • Workshop 4: A Guide to Building Partnerships: Respect, Trust and Engagement
    Dr John Rosenberg & Ms Wendy Gain
  • Workshop 5: Supporting Family Members in the Context of Ill-HealthProf Liz Forbat
  • Workshop 6: Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC): Responding to Patient’s Needs: Patient Rate Sympton Distress Using SASMs Carol Hope
  • Workshop 7: Optimizing Care for Patients with Drug and Alcohol NeedsMs Amy Faden

As you can see, whatever your passion – this conference has it covered! You can see the full program here and find registration details from the conference website.

The conference will incorporate social media through the hashtag #PCNAust16 (onsite social media support for delegates will be provided).

@PCNAust and @Palliverse look forward to seeing you there!

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