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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

SFU: Introduction to End-of-Life Studies

SFU (also known as Simon Fraser University, located in Burnaby, B.C.) is offering an introductory course in End-of-Life Studies in the fall of 2017. This special course of three day-long workshops, offered over three Saturdays, will introduce participants to a comprehensive range of end-of-life issues. Taking a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, participants will develop an understanding of today’s rapidly-changing approaches to end of life, integrating insights from the medical, scientific, humanities, spiritual, ethical, legal, and social science disciplines.

This approach was responded to very positively by participants in SFU’s recent course Bill C-14: The Long History of Suicide, Euthanasia and Assisted Dying. SFU hopes to provide a similar experience in Introduction to End-of-Life Studies – one where participants have a positive learning experience while gaining new knowledge about death and dying that is relevant and personally helpful.

Introduction to End-of-Life Studies is intended for health professionals, spiritual advisors, policy makers, researchers, educators, gerontologists and social workers, alternative medical practitioners, volunteers and care-givers, and anyone else with an interest in this increasingly complex field of study. Registration is open at the link below.

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

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.