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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

Syllabus & delegate information

Registration open

Invitation to register for the 29th Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

Monday, October 22, 2018
Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall
Edmonton, Alberta

Registration for our upcoming conference is now open. We urge you to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150 + service fee that is available until September 17, 2018. Register here.

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.

Our theme this year, Compassionate Communities: Building upon a Caring Community, will provide frontline caregivers with information and support to help serve their palliative patients.

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers:

  • Shane Sinclair, PhD: Associate Professor and Cancer Care Research Professor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing. Adjunct appointments within the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at the University of Manitoba.
  • Anna Voeuk, MD, CCFP: Division of Palliative Medicine, University of Alberta - Palliative Care.

The Covenant Health Palliative Institute champions a future where every Albertan can make informed decisions about their end-of-life care and where caregivers have the knowledge, expertise and resources to support them.

Learn about palliative care needs and enhance your knowledge of the practical aspects of care and of end-of-life issues. Explore current trends, issues and research with our invited guest experts and your colleagues.

The Fantasyland Hotel is offering a special room rate for conference attendees. When you call to inquire, please inform them that you are a Palliative Care Conference attendee —you can call the reservations department for more information at 780.444.3000 or toll-free at 1.800.737.3783.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Have a great summer,

The Conference Planning Committee

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