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

Thank you for your interest.  The Call for Abstracts for the 2019 conference is now closed.  Check back in January 2020.

Plenary speakers


Registration Information and Link

We are pleased to inform you that the registration link for our upcoming conference is now open. For delegate registration, we urge you to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150 + service fee that is available until midnight September 16th, 2019.

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird $150.00 + services fees until midnight September 16th 2019
  • Regular Rate $200.00 + service fees after September 16th 2019
  • Students' Early Bird $75.00 + services fees until midnight September 16th 2019
  • Students' Regular Rate $100.00 + service fees after September 16th 2019

Registration closes Oct 11, 2019, to allow time for final conference preparations.

Registration Link:

Accommodation Information

Fantasyland Hotel is pleased to offer 30th Annual Palliative Care Conference OPEN BLOCK an “open block”. Rooms are available as part of the hotel’s general inventory, on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to availability.

The rate for Fantasyland Hotel is $164.00 ** per night for a Superior Room, plus 4% provincial room tax and 5% GST. Rates are based on single or double occupancy. Triple and quadruple accommodations are only available in certain room types. The additional cost over double occupancy is $20.00 per person, per day. The Fantasyland Hotel allows a maximum of four (4) adults per guestroom, where more than two (2) guests are allowed. Children under the age of 18 years, sharing a room with their parent(s), stay at no charge. All other room types are subject to an upgrade fee.

Reservations must be made by Friday, September 20, 2019, to receive the discounted rate. This rate is extended to 30th Annual Palliative Care Conference OPEN BLOCK for the event dates of Sunday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019. (Check out Wednesday, October 23, 2019).

Individual Reservations can be made by contacting our Hotel Reservations Department directly at (780)444-3000 or toll-free 1-800-737-3783. Callers MUST mention they are attending the 30th Annual Palliative Care Conference OPEN BLOCK event to receive the negotiated rate.

Please provide the Group Code number 1861496.

**Rate is subject to change based on hotel occupancy and availability at the time of booking a reservation.

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.

Exhibitor Fees:
• Exhibitor Diamond $2,250
• Exhibitor Platinum $1,500
• Exhibitor Gold $1,000
• Exhibitor Silver $500
• Exhibitor Bronze $225
• Exhibitor Not For Profit $100

To register as an exhibitor:


Viki Muller, Research/Project Coordinator
Phone: 780.735.7493