Covenant Health

28th Annual Palliative Education & Research Days

The Palliative Care Journey: Walking Together.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta
Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall

The Palliative Care Journey: Walking Together

This year’s conference theme is The Palliative Care Journey: Walking Together.

Palliative care is patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life, alleviates pain and reduces symptom burden throughout the trajectory of the patient’s illness. While every patient’s experience with terminal illness is unique, navigating the palliative care journey represents a shared opportunity for palliative care providers to integrate with the complexities of care with other specialties and health care team members.

The continuum of palliative care services can extend from care in the home to hospital, hospice, long-term care facilities, support organizations and other community agencies and is foundational to the primary and specialized care the patient receives. Interdisciplinary teams work in tandem with patients and their families to coordinate care during all stages of illness, improve communication and explore advance care planning, resulting in a personalized approach to innovative care plans. These pathways complement support systems already in place.

We hope you will take the opportunity to get involved.

Plenary speakers

Amanda J Brisebois, MSc MD
General Internal Medicine and Palliative Care 

Sara Davison, MSc MD
Nephrology and Palliative Care

David Moores, MD
Family Practice and Palliative Care 

Jessica Simon, MD
Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care

Syllabus & delegate information

We are looking forward to hosting all of you next week at the 28th Annual Palliative Education & Research Day.

We are excited about the program and the many opportunities we have for you to increase your knowledge, connect with present and past colleagues and network with other people in your field.

We are pleased to announce that we are continuing with our environmental initiative to decrease the amount of paper used at the conference. As a result the syllabus and conference information is available online only. Individual paper copies of the syllabus will not be available onsite.

2017 Syllabus

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


Viki Muller, Research/Project Coordinator
Phone: 780.735.7493   


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.

Become an exhibitor

Covenant Health welcomes you to join us for our local Palliative Education & Research Day. We are delighted to host this event for the 28th 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 & research.

Please find the exhibitor prospectus that provides information about the conference and outlines the opportunities and benefits of different levels of involvement. This exhibitor package has been designed to allow for maximum visibility at the conference.  Please contact Loretta Harbison at or 780-735-9637 to discuss further.