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31st Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

31st Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

Kaleidoscope of Diversity: Honoring individuality in palliative care

Alert! Date Change:

Monday, October 19, 2020

This year we are transitioning from an in-person conference to a completely online platform For Monday, October 19th, 2020. Our first priority remains the health and safety of delegates, our colleagues, exhibitors and the communities in which we live and work.

Kaleidoscope of Diversity: Honoring individuality in palliative care

“Ensuring that the needs and wishes of each person with a life-limiting illness and their family are understood”

The population we serve is diverse. Our ability to recognize our implicit biases towards race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other stereotypes influences: patient-provider interactions; medical decision making; and individual interpretations of life, death, dying and bereavement.

Increasing our understanding of a person’s unique palliative care journey contributes to a person and family centered approach to care throughout their illness trajectory.

Through trust, knowledge, communication, compassionate care and awareness of social, cultural and individual factors, health care providers can create an environment that respects, values and embraces diversity.

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

Online Virtual We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation related to Palliative & End of Life Care and this year’s theme.

We have extended the call for abstracts and broadened the theme in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to abstracts related to diversity, submissions on how the palliative care community has responded to COVID-19 are encouraged. Abstracts may be submitted with incomplete results if the subject is COVID-19 as we understand this research is still evolving and data accrual is ongoing.

To submit and an abstract please click here. Deadline for submission is July 13, 2020

Plenary speakers

We are pleased to announce our speakers

Plenary Speakers: Dr. Cara Bablitz & Brenda Reynolds - The First Peoples of Canada: How heath equity can be improved by understanding our history

Closing Speaker: Matt Day - The Crescendo Effect: Exploring key insights of professional musicians and offering a unique and engaging way to incorporate these into our daily lives

Registration Information and Link

More event details and registration information will be available in August!

Accommodation Information

Not applicable at this time.


A copy of the syllabus will be available prior to the conference.

Become an exhibitor

Covenant Health invites you to join us for our local Palliative Education & Research Day. We are delighted to host this event annually. This year we have changed to a virtual format.

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 platform 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, or Viki Muller at 780.735.7493.


Concurrent Session Presentations

Available after October 26, 2020.