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Psychogeriatric Nurses Association (Inc) Australia & NSW HEALTH, Western NSW Local Health District.

These definitions are incorporated into the Association’s current Constitution & Rules. These definitions are worded at their broadest to encompass all those human conditions which fall under the umbrella of “psychogeriatric” – inclusive of mental illness / mental disorder in late life as well as cognitive impairment in late life.

PGNA does not attempt to compete or substitute itself for broader nursing associations or organisations such as the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association or The College of Nursing. Indeed PGNA is formally affiliated with The College of Nursing. The members of the PGNA Executive Committee are not employees of PGNA and give their time and services over and above their regular employment.

PGNA grew out of a need for its members to support each other professionally in the specialised field of psychogeriatric nursing. With an ever-increasing aging population PGNA is now poised to challenge policy makers at State and Federal levels to ensure that older people with a mental illness/mental disorder and/or a cognitive impairment are considered in health care planning process at Local Health District, State and Federal levels as well as the implementation of realistic plans to meet the service needs of such older people.

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