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6th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care (ACPEL)

This may be of interest to CSPCP members.

The ACPEL conference brings together leading scientists and practitioners from around the world to share the latest research and education. It will take a critical look at the importance of effective, ongoing conversations regarding the quality of Advance Care Planning programming and the ethical, economic, and social implications of ACP policies and legislation.

Date: September 6-9, 2017
City: Banff, AB
Theme: Conversations Matter

Save the date ALPM 2018

The 2018 conference will be held in Toronto, ON.
May 31 – June 2, 2018
Pre-conference workshop(s) will be held on May 30th

Our newly-formed Conference Committee is working on the program. The Committee will announce the keynote speakers and invited workshop presenters in the fall.

There will be many opportunities for CSPCP members to contribute to the program including:

  • A call to CSPCP members to submit proposals for interactive workshops
  • A call for abstracts for short oral presentations – research, innovation
  • A call for abstracts for poster presentations
  • A call to Residents for presentations and/or posters regarding their scholarly projects

The call for interactive workshops proposals will be issued in September 2017.
The timing and deadlines for the other calls will be announced in the fall.

Edmonton Conference Report

The 2017 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference, “Compassion, Innovation, Collaboration … Making a Difference” took place in Edmonton from June 1 – 3, 2017. Nearly 200 physicians came together to learn and network through a variety of workshops, keynotes, exhibits and social opportunities.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the conference a success: CPD co-chairs Anna Voeuk and Leonie Herx, conference co-chairs Ingrid DeKock and Noush Mirhosseini, and members of the planning committee: Sarah Burton-MacLeod, Rebekah Gilbert, Lawrence Lee, Yoko Tarumi, Leeanne Akehurst, Kim Taylor, Michelle Veer; our generous speakers, poster presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, and to everyone who attended ALPM 2017. It was an informative and memorable time for all.

Detailed conference report: ALPM highlights 2017
Slide show: Click to view here

National HPC week May 7-13 – Participate!

National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2017 is May 7-13, 2017. This year’s theme is “Hospice Palliative Care is about living well. Right to the end.” CHPCA has prepared some excellent materials to help us educate the public about palliative care — including downloadable posters, social media tools (including a template for sharing “bucket list selfies” on social media!) and information about Advance Care Planning.

Visit (English) and (French) to access these resources. A sample of one of the posters is below. Webinar – May 15


On May 15, 2017 from 5-6pm PDT, join Dr. Pippa Hawley (Project Co-lead), Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of British Columbia for a free webinar on Dr. Hawley will provide an overview of and lead a discussion on questions you have on methadone prescribing. To register email: is an online training course on methadone for pain management in palliative care, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College. The course was developed by Canadian Virtual Hospice and leading national pain management specialists, in collaboration with The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Pallium Canada and deSouza Institute. Funding was provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.