Covenant Health

29th Annual Palliative Education & Research Days

29th Annual Palliative Education & Research Days
Compassionate Communities: Building Upon a Caring Community
Monday, October 22, 2018
Edmonton, Alberta
Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall 

Covenant Health is proud to support and provide delegates the opportunity to gather, meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues representing many disciplines from all over Alberta and surrounding provinces.

The conference committee is excited to present renowned speakers again this year.

Compassionate Communities: Building Upon a Caring Community

Compassionate communities in palliative care are a network of health care team members from all health disciplines, individuals, families, communities and/or organizations that partner to support and promote approaches to end-of-life care, dying and bereavement across all care settings.

These important partnerships aim to raise awareness, identify challenges and strengths and ensure the unique aspects of the community are met throughout an individual’s disease trajectory.

The goal of enabling communities to take responsibility for the care of each other is ideally achieved if appropriate supports are in place. Researching demographics, building infrastructure and capacity, determining methods to integrate compassionate communities, engaging their members and having deliberative dialogue are building blocks to empowering patients, families, and the healthcare team to best meet physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Moreover, these building blocks ensure sustainability.

Conference objectives

  • Heighten awareness of palliative care needs in our community
  • Increase knowledge of the mechanisms of physical, emotional, spiritual and social distress
  • Provide better understanding of methods of controlling symptoms of life-limiting disease
  • Improve understanding of patient- and family-centered care
  • Improve understanding and support for the inter-professional approach
  • Heighten awareness of compassionate values and moral decision making in palliative care
  • Create a supportive environment to enhance staff wellness
  • Provide opportunity for interaction between colleagues in palliative care
  • Provide a forum for dissemination of new research findings, both in progress and completed

Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts

We invite clinicians, students and faculty from all disciplines to submit abstracts for oral presentations & posters related to Palliative and End of Life Care. Click here to submit an abstract.

In-depth workshops, concurrent sessions and posters will address all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care. Topic areas include:

  • Back to basics: symptom management, and direct clinical care
  • Emerging issues & trends: innovations and research in palliative and end-of-life care
  • Challenging clinical care needs for palliative and end-of-life patients and their families
  • Psychosocial, spiritual & wellness

The deadline for submitting abstracts for oral presentations and posters is Sunday, April 15, 2018. Abstracts on all aspects of end-of-life and palliative care are welcome. Submission instructions and descriptions of each type of presentation can be found online on the Abstract Submission page.

Presentation format
The oral presentation format may include an education seminar, debate or extended dialogue with the audience. Explanatory or introductory information is provided, with ample time for audience interaction, participation and involvement (25% of session).

Poster format is ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations.

Become an exhibitor

Covenant Health invites you to join us for our local Palliative Education & Research Days. We are delighted to host this event for the 29th year.

Exhibitors of the conference will have the special opportunity to market to hundreds of professionals in health care, research and education.

The conference provides an interactive venue to highlight your organization and network with individuals from around the province who come together in the spirit of promoting scholarly collaboration and discovery of clinical education and research.

Please see the exhibitor package that provides information about the conference and outlines the opportunities and benefits of different levels of involvement. This package has been designed for maximum visibility at the conference.

Please contact Loretta Harbison at or 780.735.9637 to discuss further.


Viki Muller, Research/Project Coordinator
Phone: 780.735.7493