June 11-13, 2020, at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. 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. Register here.

April 26-28, 2020 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill, Ontario. This three day conference is intended for thought leaders, service providers, health system planners, researchers, policy makers, administrators, front-line practitioners and volunteers from across the healthcare spectrum to collaborate, network and integrate hospice palliative care in all settings. To learn more or to register click here.

Dec. 4, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Kelli Stajduhar, Neil Hilliard and Richard Sawatzky as they discuss participatory approaches undertaken to integrate a palliative approach in acute care medical units to improve the quality of care for older adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses. To learn more or to register click here.

Dec. 11, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm EST. This free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office. To learn more or to register click here.

Nov. 27, 2019, 4:30-6:00pm. This free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office. By the end of this webinar participants will be able to integrate legal and compassionate considerations into the decision making processes of MAiD and evaluate on a case-by-case basis the legal implications of MAiD clinical practice. This is one in a series of related webinars. To learn more or to register click here.

Oct. 30, 2019, 4:30-6:00pmThis free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office.  By the end of this overview participants will be able to integrate learning about the processes of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in their clinical decision making processes.  This is one in a series of upcoming webinars. To learn more or to register click here.

The Institute for Life Course and Aging offers a variety of online workshops for healthcare and other professionals who work with older adults.  A variety of topics are covered of the 2019-2020 period. For a full listing please click here.

April 25, 2019 from 8am- 4:15PM at Huguette Labelle - Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland St. Ottawa. This conference is designed for researchers, scholars, physicians, students and other health care professionals with an interest in mindfulness and contemplative studies. Participants will gain knowledge of the role of these philosophies and practices in understanding integrative oncology interventions, conscious aging, death and dying, and self-transcendence. The therapeutic potentials of yoga, research of contemplative practices in palliative care and concepts of self-transcendence within various spiritual traditions will be explored. To learn more and for registration details please see the pdf.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to considerations for health and personal care professionals in having difficult conversations with older adults. Topics include:

  • decision making
  • diagnosis
  • end-of-life
  • sexuality

2 pages. Last reviewed February 2020.

This handout includes a variety of communication tools in end-of-life care including ASK-TELL-ASK, "I WISH", N.U.R.S.E., S.P.I.K.E.S., and the basic structure for discussing DNR. 1 page. Last reviewed March 2019.

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