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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I am even more deeply pleased if it has helped to encourage the young people that have followed our generation to express their pride in our heritage more openly, more joyfully than I would have ever dared to think possible.

Daphne Odjig

Advance Care Planning - Beginning the conversations to end of life wishes

September 08, 2017

It’s not a topic most people are comfortable talking about but would you know what to do if your loved one had a serious illness? That’s really what advance care planning is all about, beginning the conversations about your health care when you are not able to speak for yourself.

Dr. Konrad Fassbender, Scientific Committee Co-Chair of the 2017 Advance Planning & End of Life Care Conference, deals with this topic every day. “We’re not mind readers. If the type of health care you receive when you are seriously ill is important, then please share your thoughts with your family and family doctor. This isn’t a one-time conversation but rather an ongoing discussion making sure everyone is on the same page,” says Fassbender.

Productive conversations between patients and their families, their caregivers and their health professionals are the foundation of effective advance care planning and high-quality end of life care. Conversations Matter is the theme of this year’s International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care (ACPEL).

Taking place in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta, Canada, the conference will look at the importance of effective, ongoing conversations regarding the quality of Advance Care Planning (ACP) programming and the ethical, economic, legal and social implications of ACP policies, legislation and procedures that will ensure sustained progress and improve the lives of all Canadians. “This conference is very important. Thought leaders from around the world will tackle this timely issue and share the best evidence and experiences from which we can learn,” says Fassbender.

Dr. Fassbender will be available to provide helpful tips and can delve into this important topic in greater detail.

Date: September 6 - 9, 2017

 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (daily)

 Banff, Alberta, Canada

Interviews: Karen Macmillan, Conference Chair and Konrad Fassbender, Scientific Committee Co-Chair will be available in Edmonton for on-site interviews and phone interviews before the event and on-site in Banff during the conference.

About the event:
  The Covenant Health Palliative Institute is hosting the 6th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care (ACPEL) bringing together leading scientists and practitioners from around the world to discuss Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care and share the latest research and education. Click for program details.

Covenant Health is Canada's largest Catholic health care organization with over 15,000 physicians, employees and volunteers serving in 12 communities across Alberta. A major provider in Alberta's integrated health system, Covenant Health works with Alberta Health Services and community partners to positively influence the health of Albertans through a broad range of programs and services. 

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For additional information, contact:
Esther Kim, Communications Advisor
Covenant Health Communications