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The world population is moving towards aged ≥65 doubling rapidly. Between 2000 and 2050, the global population growth will move from 7% to 16%, respectively. In parallel with these trends there will be a tremendous growth in the oldest, ≥85. These trends are set for an ever-increasing ambitious elderly group who wishes to see the world, be productive and be leaders in the society. The desire for independent living and lifestyle of the aging human is challenged by declining mental wellbeing, physical health, role performance, functional capacity, social isolation and insecurity.

The context is set for the psychiatry and medical professions to consider ‘New horizons of ageing’.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Psychogeriatric Nurses’ Association of Australia are delighted to announce the joint 2020 conference ‘New horizons of ageing’. Drawing on the theme, the conference program plans to set an academic platform addressing multidimensional process of aging, aetiological factors of diseases and advances in medicine and technology in treatment and prevention.

The conference will be held in the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW across three days, Thursday 12th November – Saturday 14th November 2020. The program will include memorable presentations with keynote and invited speakers, social events and a program for Advanced Trainees.

The PGNA will also be joining as well as holding some breakout sessions for Nurses/Multidisciplinary participants.
To express your interest or for more information, please email the conference office

The Psychogeriatric Nurses Association is proud to present this years 25th Annual Conference 2020

Details to follow. This event will be held in spring 2020 in the Blue Mountains NSW and is presented by RANCP’s FPOA and PGNA.


Past Conferences




“Raise Your Voice”

Collaboration working in Older People’s Mental Health, Aged and Dementia Care

Friday, 13th September 2019 in Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Where: Innovation Campus – University of Wollongong, iC Central, Building 230, Level 2, Squires Way, North Wollongong (Download detailed Campus Map)

Opening Address by Dr. Suzanne Packer AM – 2019 Senior Australian of the Year

Keynote Speaker Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, Geriatrician

Speakers and Topics:

  • Catherine Brown, Nurse Practitioner (Psychogeriatrics & Cognition), Courage, Cracks and Creative Collaboration
  • Danielle Kennedy, Nurse Practitioner (Aged Care), Collaboration: Empowering clinical practice in dementia care
  • A/Prof Stephen Macfarlane (Psychogeriatrician, Dementia Support Australia), Too Many Acronyms? Where do they all fit?
  • Dr Sid Williams (Psychogeriatrician), “Your Brain in Sickness and in Health – The experience of dementia and other brain disorders”
  • Anne Sammut, Residential Services Education Team (Hammond Care), Tribulation or Triumph? Reflections on the Value of Collaborative Practice
  • Diane Herr, RN Consultant Consumer / Advocate, Aged & Community Services Australia, Balancing ‘what to do” as opposed to “how to do it”
  • Dr Elizabeth Preston, Clinical Psychologist & Eddie Zeballos, Clinical Nurse Consultant OPMHS ILHD, A Suicide Prevention Initiative: A Collaborative Project between Older People’s Mental Health Acute Inpatient and Community Services
  • Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, RN, University of Sydney, StepUp for Dementia Research – Connecting the public with dementia researchers and enabling them to be part of the solution


Download the Conference Program here
Download the Abstracts and Speakers details here

Registrations are now open. Become a PGNA member and profit from discounted member tickets (discount $25). Click here now to join and / or to register!

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Membership Registration    $110
Non-Member Registration   $135
Student Registration            $ 45  (please email proof to



We thank our conference sponsors (please follow links to their respective websites):

Dementia Support Australia – A partnership led by HammondCare

Souvenaid by Nutricia Medical – a dietary treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease


Public Transport: Wollongong has a free shuttle bus service that goes past the Innovation Campus. Download map of free shuttle bus here. Routes 55A and 55C – both operate the same route in different directions. Exit the bus on corner Squires Way and Puckey Ave (Innovation campus). Bus timetable: runs every 10minutes from 7am to 6pm on weekdays, for detailed timetable go to Premier Coaches Website.

Travel by car: there is only limited free parking available within a short walking distance. The car park is located opposite the conference building and costs $ 16 for the day. Campus Parking Fee website. Download Map here.

Closest Accommodation options in Wollongong:

Destination Wollongong can also assist with online bookings or by calling the Visitors Centre to discuss options on 4228 0300