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ALPM 2020 conference is cancelled

(April 21, 2020) Today, the CSPCP Board of Directors announced the cancellation of ALPM 2020. Given the risks to public health and the restrictions all of us are living with, it is clear that we will not be able to hold an in-person event. We apologize for the delay in announcing this, but it was necessary as we worked to mitigate the financial impact on the CSPCP. Please release the 2020 dates from your schedule, and mark your calendar for next year’s ALPM in Calgary: May 6th-8th, 2021.

Cancelling means “undoing” and reconfiguring the activities normally associated with ALPM, including education, networking, sharing of research, honouring award winners, choosing the Resident Research Award winner, and holding our Annual General Meeting and election. But fear not! We have alternatives in mind. We will announce them gradually after the COVID-19 situation settles down.

Thank you to the Conference Planning Committee, Intertask Conferences, the CSPCP Board, and the many CSPCP members who committed time and energy to plan the conference program. We will carry over as much of this work as possible, so it will not be lost.

We regret the loss of the in-person networking and collegiality of ALPM. We considered converting to a virtual conference, but we anticipate that members will not have time to participate during the response to COVID-19. We will consider planning some virtual education options for late 2020 or early 2021 instead. Other upcoming options for education include: the International Congress on Palliative Care (October 13-16, Montreal), CHPCA’s Learning Institute (rescheduled for November 12-14, Ottawa), CSPCP’s online learning modules, and free COVID-19-related courses and webinars from Pallium.

Thank you for your understanding.

The CSPCP Board and Staff

Webinars re COVID-19 from Pallium

To contribute toward health care professional preparedness during this pandemic, Pallium will be hosting a series of webinars in the upcoming weeks focused on topics that are relevant to our health care teams who are actively leading the response to COVID-19. They have created a new page on pallium.ca where webinars will be listed: www.pallium.ca/pallium-canadas-covid-19-response-resources. Please check regularly for updated webinar listings.

Recorded Webinar: Palliative Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The webinar describes the expected challenges of providing palliative care during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It also suggests an important approach to ensuring that all patients with palliative care needs are cared for at this time of crisis.

The webinar recording and slides are posted below.



Slides: Click here

Free online learning modules from Pallium

(March 31, 2020) For the next 3 months, Pallium and CMA have made 6 Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) modules available for free to all health care professionals. In doing so, we hope to contribute much needed education resources to the dedicated health care teams across Canada and ensure patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, receive the care they need. These modules, currently only available in English, are self-directed and completed at the learner’s own pace.

Pallium and CMA believe it is more important than ever for frontline health care professionals and teams to be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and skills to provide a palliative care approach to patients and their families, as health care teams work tirelessly to keep Canadians safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Information on the modules, and how to access them can be found here: www.pallium.ca/course/covid-19-response-free-online-modules

Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative (PCPCRC) Event

May 30-31, 2020 at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel (right after ALPM)

ThePan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative(PCPCRC) is a network of practice-focused research groups producing trusted research to improve people’s experience of palliative and end of life care. Our goal is to conduct and disseminate research that provides key knowledge to the healthcare system to enable better care for individuals as they approach the end of life. We currently have more than 90 members from across Canada, pursuing 16 active programs of research. The meeting will feature presentations and interactive workshop roundtable sessions by investigators leading different programs of research at various stages of development. Presentations and workshops will be interactive and intended to solicit helpful feedback as well as collaborators.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact James Downar at jdownar@toh.ca. Physicians from Quebec or those who prefer to communicate in French may contact Bruno Gagnon at Gagnon.Bruno@crchudequebec.ulaval.ca.