Wed. April 25th 8am to 5pm at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences is presenting this Continuing Professional Development opportunity.  Topics include strategies for dementia and common care issues in the vulnerable.  Program and registration information is available here.

June 14-16, 2018 at the Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa. The CHPCA’s Learning Institute brings together health care professionals from across the country for an intense learning weekend. The program is directed towards intermediate and advance learning levels and is facilitated by the best faculty in Canada along with recognized international leaders to make up a most sophisticated caliber of educators and mentors.

The weekend will include intensive workshops that will be attended by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, researchers, spiritual care advisers and social workers. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Learning Institute concentrates on six intermediate and advanced learning streams (1) Becoming Exceptional Leaders, (2) ACP in Canada: Engaging in This Movement as Clinicians and Community Partners: A Practical Experience, (3) Grief and Bereavement, (4) Clinical Practice - Pain and Symptom Management, (5) Advanced Clinical Practice, (6) Integration of a Palliative Approach: A Look at Serious Illness.  To learn more or register click here.

Wed. Nov. 22nd 12 noon EST, Rick Sawatzky and Marian Krawczyk of Trinity Western University will discuss a project that involved working with clinicians, patients and family caregivers and will address issues related to integrating and evaluating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in palliative homecare nursing. Register here.

On Wed. Sept. 27th at 12 noon EST, Sharon Kaasalainen & Pamela Durepos of McMaster University and Tamara Sussman of McGill University will be talking about implementation processes, clinical and administrative tools, and educational materials that will inform how qualified health professionals and decision-makers can improve the delivery of palliative care in long-term care. Register here.

The focus of this article will be on cross-cultural issues at the end of life for ethnically and culturally diverse groups in the United States. The health care provider must have a clear understanding and recognition of the unique and specific influences culture has on a patient’s behavior, attitudes, preferences, and decisions around end-of-life care. 

Level 2 Palliative Care Education for: Regulated Health Professionals at the Brockville General Hospital Wednesdays March 22 to April 26th, 9am to 4pm.  Contact Carol Northcott to register.

This article provides recommendations for non-indigenous care providers which were reviewed and approved by Mi'kimaq consultants related to the health system, relationships with individual persons and direction for future research.

Over the next decades most physicians will be caring for seriously ill older adults with multiple comorbidities, lengthy duration of illness and fluctuating acute exacerbations.  The author argues that there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the most advanced stages of disease are characterized by inadequately treated physical distress, and other experiences which should be addressed.  Last reviewed February 2017.

Palliative Care IS Public Health: Principles to Practice. September 17-20, 2017 - Ottawa, ON. This conference provides doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, public health, palliative care and other allied healthcare professionals; and carers/volunteers and community, with the opportunity to share their experience and expertise on an international platform. Following the International Public Health Palliative Care Conference will be the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference which offers delegates a unique dual opportunity. Register here.

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians will hold its 13th Annual Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference at the Westin Edmonton from June 1-3, 2017. The conference is a key learning event not just for palliative care physicians, but for family doctors and other physician specialists who want to enhance their knowledge of palliative care. Register here.

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