Covenant Health

30th Annual Palliative Education & Research Days

30th Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

Caring for the Caregiver

Monday, October 21, 2019

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.

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for another person in need – be it a patient, client, family member or friend - can be rewarding, by strengthening relationships, sharing precious moments and learning life’s lessons. However, caregiving can also come with physical, psychological, emotional, social and financial costs. Caregivers may experience emotional distress, a lack of professional and personal fulfillment, and, in some cases, burnout. Symptoms of burnout may include exhaustion, depersonalization and a low sense of accomplishment. Evidence shows the importance of caregivers taking steps to ensure their own health and wellbeing to mitigate these issues through: Personal wellness techniques – creating and maintaining positive mental, physical and emotional health; Fostering resilience – learning and sustaining positive coping and adapting behaviors; and Workplace processes and practices - promoting safety, quality, effectiveness, and positive patient and collegiate interactions.

Join us as we explore what it means to be caregivers – both professionally and personally - and how we can approach this willing task, not only for the health and wellbeing of those we care for, but for ourselves.

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

We invite clinicians, students and faculty to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation related to Palliative & End of Life Care.  Please click here to submit your abstract.

Call for Abstracts information

Plenary speakers


Syllabus & delegate information

Information will be available in October 2019

Become an exhibitor

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

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 contact Loretta Harbison at or 780.735.9637 to obtain and discuss information about the conference and the opportunities and benefits of different levels of involvement. Differing packages have been designed for maximum visibility at the conference.


Viki Muller, Research/Project Coordinator
Phone: 780.735.7493