Call for Abstracts: PCNA Conference 2016


Hurry – Abstract submission closes in just 2 weeks !

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Australian Survey of Public Attitudes & Experiences Regarding End of Life Care

ACHR Survey

For those of us who might find a moment of idle time in proximity of a computer this long weekend, consider having your say in the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR) Survey of Public Attitudes Regarding End of Life Care.

According to ACHR, the aim of this quality improvement survey is to explore and understand the attitudes of the Australian population towards death, dying and end of life care.

There are 24 questions in total, and the survey is estimated to take around 15 minutes.
Your feedback will help shape how end of life care is supported and funded in Australia.

You can navigate to the ACHR survey page here to participate.


When it comes to death the statistics are clear: We will all die.

This reality greets readers of a recent report published by the Australian Centre for Health Research entitled: Conversations: Creating Choice in End of Life Care.

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Are you a nurse interested in developing palliative care for children in Indonesia?


Rachel House (the first paediatric palliative care service in Indonesia) is seeking a Palliative Care Advisor for a 7-month volunteer post in Jakarta.

Applications for this exciting opportunity close 21 February 2016; and a position description for the role (to commence in May 2016) can be found here .

Further information can be sought directly from the Australian Volunteers for International Development Website

Delirium and Palliative Care: Conference Alert!

ADA DECLAREDThe Australasian Delirium Association is calling for Abstracts and Delegates to attend their annual conference, this year a 2-day Symposium relevant to all interested in improving recognition and treatment of delirium.

Given that delirium is a significant issue in palliative and end of life care, consider what you might be able to contribute to (or benefit from attending) this important gathering.

Professor Meera Agar features on the program, discussing results of RCTs on Delirium in Palliative Care.


What:  DECLARED: DElirium CLinical And REsearch Days

When:  July 14th – 15th 2016

Where: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Preliminary program: Click here or visit:


Further information: Contact


Speaking words of wisdom, let it be…

‘The wisdom of the dying’ has perhaps become a cliché nowadays. A Google search using those few words returns around 39 million results.

But what I am really curious about, are the few words that really pierced your heart or absorbed your mind; those simple words that affected your spirit in a profound way.

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Caring for the spirit

Pastoral Care Week 2015

It’s Pastoral Care Week!

The 2015 theme Spiritual Care Together offers those of us working in the area of palliative care an opportunity to take the time to pause; to reflect, and consider the ways in which we all can, and do, contribute to spiritual care for the dying and their families.

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Who cares, after death?

Thinking back to the recent Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne, I was reminded about one of the plenary speaker’s reflections on the first time she, as a doctor, saw a patient after they had died. It prompted me to reflect on my own experience as a nurse, and ask the question – more broadly: who cares, after death?

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On games and end-of-life care

Calling all nurses (and even non-nurses) with an interest in end-of-life care… Get your game face on and check out this innovative approach to online learning and continuing professional development. Continue reading

Recognising Health – even at the end of life

Recently I had the great privilege of attending the launch of the Lowitja Institute’s Recognise Health campaign at Parliament House in Canberra.

I was invited to represent Palliative Care Nurses Australia at the launch, and was equally delighted to see Liz Callaghan, CEO of Palliative Care Australia, also in attendance to support this important initiative.

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