COVID19 Update: Conference postponed until 2022

A very warm welcome to all delegates to the NSW Central Coast Local Health District and Terrigal in particular as we journey into the many challenges confronting palliative care at the Palliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference 2020: A Clear Vision for Palliative Care.

Unfortunately though – we are going to have to postpone that journey while we get through this very challenging period for all of our health professionals. With so much going on. the organising committee has decided to postpone our conference until November 2022. We were hoping to hold it during March 2021 but it seems even that is too much of a risk. 

We will start work on the new program in mid 2021 and will start taking registrations later in the year.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding – we know this is a highly anticipated event and we intend to make it a very special one indeed!


Palliative Care in NSW has received more investment and government support in recent times than at any time we can remember. We have ridden many ‘waves of change’ over the past 50 years or so as we explored at our last conference in Kiama. This time we are looking with the clarity of all we have learned and our 2020 vision to look into the future for Palliative Care in NSW.

The organising committee’s choice of this theme offers delegates the chance to really challenge themselves and their practice by looking to the future. We encourage delegates to envisage how technology, shifting cultural norms around death and dying, communities, environment and policy will change the way we engage in palliative care and in end of life care more broadly in the years to come.

Since the days of Cecily Saunders, palliative care has developed alongside significant technological, cultural and political advancements.

Over recent years we have seen the resurgence of ‘normalising death’ and making death ‘everybody’s business’, with the uptake of Advance Care Directives, Last Days of Life tools, myriad literature, and communities initiating home hospices and death and dying awareness.

We now look ahead to consider and anticipate future contemporary issues. What is our vision for palliative care?

Sub-themes include:

  • A Clear Vision for the Future of Palliative Care
  • A Clear Vision for Clinical Care
  • A Clear Vision for the Workforce
  • A Clear Vision for Multi-disciplinary care

We look forward to seeing you in 2022!




Ms Linda Hansen
Executive Officer,
Palliative Care NSW

Dr Sally Carr
Director of Palliative Care,
Palliative Care Service – Long Jetty Health Centre

About Palliative Care NSW

Palliative Care NSW is the peak body in NSW representing palliative care providers and those with an interest in palliative care. Our vision is that every person in NSW has access to quality care at the end of life.

Click here to join Palliative Care NSW and take advantage of member discounts on the full conference registration fee.

Click here to visit the Palliative Care NSW website.

PCNSW aims to:

  • Provide support to our members – palliative care services and professionals
  • Provide education and networking opportunities to our members
  • Provide information to patients and families/carers
  • Inform and educate the community about palliative care
  • Develop the organisation and achieve financial sustainability
  • Drive and influence palliative care policy