Saturday 19 May 2018


"Wine and Die", facilitated by Dr Sarah Winch

Register to attend: $40 per person
When: Saturday 19 May 2018
Time: 1700-1900
Venue: 8th Floor - Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
Includes: Drinks and canapés

PCNA in collaboration with Queensland Compassionate Communities (Palliative Care Queensland) invite you to attend this special event. 

Facilitated by Dr Sarah Winch it is an opportunity to join in open conversations about death, dying and preparing for the end while enjoying a drink and nibbles.

Dr Sarah Winch is head of the discipline of Medical Ethics, Law and Professionalism at the Faculty of Medicine. Sarah is one of Australia’s leading health ethicists holding membership on two prestigious national ethics committees. Her ethics advice and training is sought nationally and internationally by clinicians and government agencies. Sarah has published over 60 academic journal articles and book chapters on ethics, compassion, evidence based practice and research capacity building, and has acquitted over $3 million in competitive research funding. She has developed the café model for teaching ethics to clinicians from all backgrounds and is committed to facilitating community death literacy through the applied arts. Her book “The Best Death. How to Die Well” recently released by UQP, is designed to help Australians get the best death possible. 

Note: This session may include members of the community.

Registration to this event alone (i.e. you do not wish to attend PCNA2018) - Palliative Care Nurses Australia and Palliative Care Queensland/Compassionate Communities Queensland are pleased to invite registrations to attend this unique event.

Cost to register for the 'Wine and Die' workshop is $40 - for the Workshop only.

Sunday 20 May 2018

Workshop 1: Managing vulnerable individuals and their families in disaster

Prof Caryn West and Jennifer Quaill

Disaster events cause serious disruption to functioning of individuals, communities or a society and often involve widespread human, material, economic and/or environmental losses. Frequently the losses incurred exceed the ability of the individuals, community or society to cope using its own resources.  

For vulnerable individuals and families, the potential risk and losses associated with disaster events are magnified resulting in even greater loss of life, decreased health status, impacted livelihood, and serious disruption to assets and services. The role of health professionals in supporting vulnerable people to prepare, respond during, and recover after, a disaster has received little attention.

Disaster Risk Reduction is the concept of reducing disaster risk, and can be achieved through a variety of means including education, capacity building, resilience strategies and importantly the systematic management of the causal factors of disaster.  This workshop will provide an opportunity for nurses, administrators, managers and policy makers to explore the role of health professionals in supporting vulnerable individuals and families within a disaster setting and share knowledge and experiences specifically related to disaster settings.

Sunday 20 May 2018

Workshop 2: Legal Considerations and compensation for Cancer Patients

Jonathan Walsh, Naomi De Costa and Phil Nolan

Three specialists from Maurice Blackburn will be leading a workshop regarding the end of life planning, superannuation and compensation considerations for patients with a terminal disease.  This will be an interactive and collaborative session with questions very much welcome.

Monday 21 May 2018

Workshop 3: Practice Conversations for Nurse Practitioner's

Chair:  Kym Griffin

This workshop will host a ‘couch conversation’ between nurse practitioners about what is really happening in palliative care nursing today across Australia through shared story telling.  This is an opportunity for peers to hear first hand how nurse practitioners are overcoming challenges through innovation and enablement to forge a sustainable future for this dynamic role.

Monday 21 May 2018

Workshop 4: Palliative Radiation

Dr Minjae Lah, Dr Georgia Harris and Dora Beckett


This workshop is designed to answer the most common questions about palliative radiotherapy. An interactive session with the opportunity to meet two radiation oncologists and a clinical nurse consultant to take the audience through the when, how, who and what of radiotherapy referrals, relevant to the palliative setting. We will learn how the modern radiotherapy techniques have developed to lessen the side effects and how best to manage the acute toxicities of treatment. There will be an added international perspective with a hint of Canadian flavour in exploring a provincial approach to providing palliative radiotherapy service.