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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

28th Annual Palliative Education & Research Days

We invite clinicians, students and faculty to submit an abstract for the Palliative Care Education and 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

Submit an Abstract

Please submit your abstracts for the 28th annual conference here. The deadline to submit an abstract is April 15, 2017.

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